National Volunteer Week 2019
National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019) is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world.
Bethesda wishes to thank the thousands of volunteers that support our organization throughout the U.S. and reflect on a few examples that are truly making a difference.
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Norfolk, NE
Led by Christine Ekberg and Clint Bowland, this youth group of volunteers served with Bethesda in Colorado. Everyone did an incredible job giving of their time so people we support could enjoy their camp experience. They gave 400 hours of service and will receive the Bronze Level President’s Volunteer Service Award. Congratulations!
Living World Lutheran Church, Grapevine, TX
Led by David Coulson, high school students served on behalf of Living Word Lutheran Church with Bethesda in Colorado. Located on the grounds of Lutheran Valley Retreat, 36 people supported enjoyed a summer camp experience in July. Volunteers got ready for campers by cleaning up trails and buildings. They enjoyed many activities throughout the week. With 725 hours of service, David’s group has earned the Silver Level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Lindy Tysor, Hillsboro, OR
Lindy has been serving Bethesda in many capacities for a long time. This past year she gave over 100 hours of service qualifying her for the Bronze Level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She is a member of the Bethesda Auxiliary, volunteers for her congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church, works with children at schools to teach them about ID/DD, and visits local gatherings to raise funds for Bethesda. She also has “adopted” a home where she visits often bringing cards and spending time with people supported. When talking about her work teaching children about Bethesda, she said, “It starts with the kids – getting the kids to understand. We are all part of the body of Christ. We all have unique gifts.” With more than 100 hours of service, Lindy has earned the Bronze Level President’s Volunteer Service Award. Congratulations, Lindy.
Deaconess Rachel Jaseph and Vicar Jonah Domenichelli, Fort Wayne, IN
Rachel and Jonah have spent time spiritually supporting people at our day program for the past year. Visiting for devotions and teaching cooking classes, they have become a regular face. Rachel is the Deaconess for Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. She directs Shepherd’s Hand community center. Jonah just finished his vicarage at the church. They have given of their time and talents to ensure that people supported had a dinner to attend for Thanksgiving and celebrating our staff through a Christmas party. They are great supporters of Bethesda!
As a team, Rachel and Jonah served more than 225 hours and will be awarded the Bronze Level President’s Volunteer Service Award for their incredible involvement. Congratulations, Rachel and Jonah!