A huge thank you to our Volunteers – Clinic celebrates National Volunteer Month in April

By Catherine Rice, Vice President of Marketing/Outreach

National Volunteer Month is in April, and it’s a great opportunity for Health Partnership Clinic to thank our three active, non-clinical volunteers and our 13 Board of Directors.

In-House Volunteers

Our in-house volunteers include Judy Janes, Sherry Rakes and Jody Rice. Sherry, who joined in March, volunteers in Medical and Judy and Jody in Marketing and Development. We also have virtual volunteers who help with outreach projects and even produce videos and articles.

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From Left to Right: Judy Janes, Sherry Rakes and Jody Rice

Board Members

Our Board members include Tierney Grasser, Chairperson, Community Member; Darren Odum, Vice Chairperson, Community Member; Kevan Acord, Treasurer, Bridge Builder Tax and Legal Services, P.A.; Tracy A. Price, Secretary, Lakemary Center, Inc., Robin Harrold, Past Chairperson, AdventHealth; Bruce Baker, Baker Realty Advisors. Inc.; Michelle Cabrera, St. Paul Catholic Church; Mina Foster, The Salvation Army; Burnis Lance, Community Member, Barbara Letch, Community Member; John McKinney, Ed.D, Shawnee Mission School District; James Terrones, Community Member; and Christi L. Zimmerman, MSN, RN, Saint Luke’s South Hospital.

National Volunteer Month - Board

National Volunteer MonthThe volunteers at HPC give their time, talent and voice to make a difference in our community. We are fortunate to have volunteers who are aligned with our mission and want to help our patients and staff. Our in-house volunteers help assemble informational packets and bags, enter data, make patient and donor calls, and work at community events, such as open houses and health fairs.

More than 51 percent of our Board are also patients of the clinic. Health Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors representing a cross section of our community who are all committed to our mission of providing accessible, affordable and high quality medical, dental and behavioral health care. Our Board provides guidance, direction and support to our Senior Leadership Team and may serve on committees including Finance, Governance and Quality Improvement. We are honored by the time, perspectives, expertise and dedication each of our Board members provides to us.

We started our in-house volunteer program six years ago, and the volunteers who have walked through our doors have contributed much to the organization. Although we have a small group of volunteers, they do a tremendous job to help us better serve our patients and support our staff.

DID YOU KNOW? President George H.W. Bush launched the 1000 Points of Light campaign in 1991 and established April as National Volunteer Month.