Congratulations to Mary Lou Maynard, the winner of this quarter’s Tidewell Volunteer Difference Award.
Mary Lou was surprised by Tidewell volunteer staff Tuesday morning at the Bradenton administration building. Mary Lou is “retiring” after dedicating more than 16,000 hours to Tidewell since she began volunteering in March 1997. She has helped in the volunteer office, assisted with volunteer training, worked at community events, organized Gifts of Life receptions, transported and sat with homebound patients and ministered to the dying during vigils.
Mary Lou’s nomination explains how she made the Tidewell difference: “Once, if you are very lucky, you meet a fellow human being willing to dedicate over 16,000 hours of their time over two decades without receiving a penny. These are the people who learned early in life that giving to others is the answer to life’s questions. … She has been a great support to staff, patients and family members. One family loved her so much they arranged for two Angel pins for her. We think she is who they were talking about when they said, ‘They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to.’”
Nominations for the Volunteer Difference Award are accepted at any time via http://tidewellhospice.org/tidewell-hospice-volunteer-difference-award/. All Tidewell volunteers are eligible for nomination. Nominations should be based on a specific action or actions taken by a volunteer that demonstrated one or more Tidewell Core Values, with consideration given that the act must meet the expectations of Tidewell’s established boundaries for volunteers.
Pictured, from left, are Volunteer Coordinator Linda Anderson, Mary Lou Maynard and Director of Volunteer Services Stacy Groff, MNM.