John C. Lincoln Desert Mission Volunteers Receive National Award

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At a minimum each day, volunteers provide the equivalent of 18 full-time positions across Desert Mission services. Here, volunteers from Kitchell Corporation pack emergency food boxes and sort non-perishable foods at Desert Mission Food Bank.

In recognition of the significant difference they make in the community, the Desert Mission volunteers of the John C. Lincoln Health Network have been chosen as a 2013 winner of the American Hospital Association's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).

About 500 of the almost 2,000 volunteers of the John C. Lincoln Health Network volunteer in Desert Mission's community service programsFood Bank, Children's Dental Clinic, Lincoln Learning Center, Marley House Behavioral Health Clinic, Community Health Center and Neighborhood Renewal — serving the north central Phoenix community.

The HAVE Award recognizes volunteers who provide leadership in community outreach, particularly with innovative and measurable programs with external partners to address challenges in the community.

"In its 30th year, the AHA HAVE Award celebrates the contribution and value of hospital volunteers — women and men who go the extra mile for their patients and communities," said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association based in Washington, DC.

Desert Mission, founded in 1927, remains an integral part of the mission of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, and the depth of community outreach offered is unusual among hospital and health care systems in the United States.

That couldn't happen without the volunteers providing hours of service along with in-kind donations and monetary donations. At a minimum each day, volunteers provide the equivalent of 18 full-time positions across its services, said Cindy Hallman, executive director of Desert Mission and a vice president in the John C. Lincoln Health Network.

"It's so inspiring to me to see how warm and welcoming our volunteers are with our clients, and just to know they want to be here to support us because they believe in our work at Desert Mission," she said. "They are here every day with a smile on their faces, helping our clients, and that energizes me and my staff to help our clients meet their challenges."

Here are 2012 facts about Desert Mission:

  • 39,805 unduplicated clients served through all programs, an increase of 10,000 compared to 2010.
  • 40,752 emergency food boxes, a 12 percent increase compared to 2011. Emergency food boxes contain a three- to five-day supply of food that can be tailored to the nutritional needs of the recipient, such as seniors or families with infants.
  • 4,347 patient visits to the Community Health Center.
  • 3,420 dental care visits at the Children Dental's Center, an 8 percent increase from last year.
  • 120 students attended 614 group sessions at local schools facilitated by Marley House.
  • $197,496 provided for rehabilitation repairs for nine homes. Since its beginning, Neighborhood Renewal has rehabbed more than 130 homes.

Linda Llewellyn, director of Volunteer Services for the John C. Lincoln Health Network, added "I am so proud of our volunteers! Their service improves the quality of life for so many people."

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