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Volunteer Recognitions

Volunteers Recognized at Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon!

L-R Angela Rose O’Brien and Judy Woodring Schafer from Angela’s Angels, Brenda Bradish and Kim DiPiazza from ViaQuest Hospice

 

The Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) are proud to announce their annual volunteer awardees for 2017. At a Holiday Luncheon at Lakeview Restaurant in Greensburg on December 14, 2017, two volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Westmoreland County community.

Volunteer of the Year, Judy Woodring Schafer with her family

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Judy Woodring Schafer of Greensburg.

Judy was one of the founding members of Angela’s Angels in 2006. This organization provides prom and special occasion wear to local economically disadvantaged high school girls. Judy assists girls in selecting apparel and initiates alterations.  She is a team player and leads by example, while improving the lives of others. She have overseen all aspects of the boutique, including marketing and inventory control, as well as, working Prom Fairs, and fundraising. Angela Rose O’Brien, Founder, stated that, “Judy is highly deserving of the honor and opportunity bestowed by WAVA.” She is a stellar member of the community, while active with In Westmoreland Networkers (IWN), a nonprofit networking organization that is comprised of self-motivated business friends and colleagues, and with Women’s Small Business Association. She has worked on the Latrobe Revitalization Project, the Candy Cane Giveaway, and the Westmoreland Latrobe chamber events. Family is of utmost importance to Judy. She always says she feels blessed and grateful for her full life. She is married to her husband Steve and has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. “Being a grandparent is the best!”, she says.

Emerging Volunteer of the Year, Brenda Bradish on right with Kim DiPiazza from ViaQuest Hospice

The Emerging Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Brenda Bradish of Latrobe.

Brenda has been an integral part of the hospice team at ViaQuest Hospice since 2015.  She has provided companionship and emotional support to patients, as well as respite to weary caregivers in Greensburg, Latrobe and Delmont.  She often surprises her patients with home-baked treats and flowers to brighten their day.  She understands that every person she cares for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts. She is always there to listen and share her heart. Her actions help those who are facing the journey of life’s end.  This journey can be a lonely, frightening or simply an unfamiliar experience. “She has really made a difference to our patients and their families,” stated Kim DiPiazza, her volunteer director.

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