Beverley T.

Salisbury, MD
Nominated by Helen Young-Volunteer Director

Volunteered for:

Deer's Head Hospital Center

Length of Service:

30 hours per month for 24 years

Volunteered for:

Providence Presbyterian Church

Length of Service:

15 hours per month for 17 years

February 4, 2014

Home Instead's Salute to Senior Service 2014 Nomination

Beverley Thompson has committed her lifetime to volunteerism and enhancing the lives of Maryland residents. Bev who turns 88 years old this March, is a two time cancer survivor, yet has more energy and enthusiasm than most young people! Beginning in the 1950's, Bev raised children, moved 16 times as a military wife, but still found time to volunteer. She started volunteering in the schools, then directed a junior choir and managed vacation bible school. At Hartley Hall Nursing Home in Pocomoke, she gave patient manicures. While serving at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury from 1972-1988, she made beds, transported patients, and assisted in the emergency room and oncology. She earned a 1,000-hour pin for giving 1,408.75 hours of volunteer service. Currently at Deer's Head Hospital Center, she's devoted 24 years of outstanding service and leadership. Serving as Patient Birthday Party Chair for the past 24 years, Bev organizes the monthly parties by securing community sponsorships of money and volunteers. With Bev, volunteers transport patients, serve cake, punch, and play bingo. Bev shops with auxiliary funds for wish list presents, wraps them, and brings a cake. She shops for other special requests, comparison shopping for the best deals. Bev often donates items to the office out of pocket as well. She has served as President of our Auxiliary Board for the past two years and Vice President the two years before that. She's held these offices many times previously, rarely missing a meeting. Bev is highly respected by fellow volunteers who often seek her sound advice. She regularly volunteers at fundraisers and events, which she helps plan and organize. Bev usually volunteers between 300-400 hours per year at DHHC. In addition to auxiliary board duties, she recognized a volunteer shortage in our gift/snack canteen a few years ago and volunteered for a weekly 3-hour shift. She recently retired from the canteen, but still covers when we have open shifts. Bev covered several shifts when others were sick or on vacation, trained new volunteers on the cash register, and recruited neighbors and friends to volunteer. She regularly bakes for auxiliary bake sales, assists with auxiliary fundraisers, and serves refreshments at the annual patient Christmas party. She is always instrumental with our bull and oyster roast by selling tickets in the community and securing auction donations including art, jewelry, and even a pair of live love birds one year! She once chaired a Christmas open house, organizing a tour of 15 homes, including her own. For two years, she also prepared bagged lunches for homeless workers at Christian Shelter. She's very dependable, loving, generous, dedicated, and well liked. Bev is very giving, yet humble and can always be relied on. Bev also has been a registered volunteer with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) since 2004. An active 17 year member of Providence Presbyterian, she is known as "The Sunshine Girl" for sending cards to the sick. She's instrumental with their Manna ministry, preparing and delivering home cooked meals for new mothers and the sick. She regularly buys flowers to place on the altar. She even opened her home one year to host church singers from the Ukraine. Always smiling and offering a kind word, Bev is willing to help in any capacity. Not only has Bev made a positive impact with our patients, residents, staff, and volunteer auxiliary, she's a valuable asset in her community and a real Maryland treasure!

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Prize Description

The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on SaluteToSeniorService.com in recognition of their outstanding service.

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