Service League members gathered items that were donated at Pugh’s Tire on Dickinson Avenue on Tuesday, Sept 18. Grifton is currently experiencing major flooding and loss of power due to Hurricane Florence this past weekend.
There was a great outpouring from the members and the community. All the items have been loaded and delivered to Grifton Mission Ministries. Thanks to everyone!
Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina is an independent, community supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a temporary “home-away-from-home” for families of children who are receiving treatment in our community’s medical facilities.
Rock Springs Center was a buzz as the Service League of Greenville celebrated — with heart, passion, and fashion — eight decades of service to our community during our Annual May luncheon.
Happy 80 years — SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE!
Varessa Wall, Vidant Foundation & Brenda Philips, SLG
SLG 80 years Lapel pin from Vidant Foundation
To celebrate in true “Service League Style”, Members picked a decade — from our formation in the 1930’s to the present day — and dress the part. Needless to say, the results were colorful, creative, and fun!
More May Luncheon Pictures:
And here is to 80 more years of heart, passion & fashion from THE SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE!
Our own, Martha Bloss, Hospice House chairman for The Service League of Greenville was honored for her outstanding volunteer work with The Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.
The hospice house cares for patients who have pain or other symptoms that are hard to manage at home. The eight-bed facility offers medical care in a home-like environment and allows hospice patients and family members to be together. Service League members who volunteer there provide non-medical support and are specially trained to assist at the front desk and to read to patients. Non-trained Service League members bake treats and take meals during the holidays for patients’ families and visitors.
Our colorful, hand-tied fleece blankets continue to be popular with both the makers and the recipients. Blanket workshops were held in February and March and many members worked on blankets at home.
Fleece material was cut to appropriate lap-blanket size and heartwarming labels were pre-sewn onto one layer of each blanket.
Plenty of fun and discussion was shared as the edges of the two layers of the blanket were fringe-cut and hand-tied together.
Blankets were then rolled and tied with bows that held book-marker style cards explaining a bit about what THE SERVICE LEAGUE OF GREENVILLE does.
Hospital Activities Chair Cassie Causey, assisted by SLG member Brenda Whichard, delivered the blankets to Vidant Health’s Office of Patient and Family Experience. Leslie Spencer and Erica Janak are always thrilled to have the blankets on hand for patients needing a little boost of warmth and sunshine during their stay at Vidant Health Center.
Thank you ladies for supporting SLG Hospital Activities Committee and helping to share some love with patients at Vidant.
Our thanks to Cassie and her helpers for organizing these workshops and all the ladies who participated in making them both rewarding and just so much fun!
Shared from Vidant Home Health and Hospice News letter —
THE LINKS January 2018
DEAR HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS …
I trust that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I wish to take a moment to sincerely thank you for all your services provided for our hospice patients and their families. I am reminded daily of so many great volunteers who share their precious time and talents. Over the past two weeks, I have had many such moments and I wanted to share some of them with you.
Nearly every day that I go to the inpatient hospice house to see patients, I am warmly greeted by people who attend the front entrance. I know that the families and friends who come to visit our patients are greeted just as kindly and lovingly. When I talk with the visitors there, they frequently mention how wonderful it is to have volunteers greet them at the entrance and show them where to go. I hear comments like “I want to do that sometime in the future” from the people who have been helped. Our volunteers clearly leave a strong positive impression on the people who enter the building and provide a welcoming atmosphere.
So many people express gratitude for the food brought in to the hospice house by our volunteers. Having delicious and nutritious food in the building allows for families to be able to focus spending time with their loved ones and not worry about where and what to eat. People who eat this food constantly think about the kind hands that brought them. People thank me and the staff at the hospice house for the food, but we have to explain to them where the food came from, then they are amazed.
People are often astonished that our beautiful prayer shawls are hand-woven by volunteers. Patients cling to them in comfort and feel the gentle hands that made them. I see the peace that these shawls bring to families in stressful times. Personal items that mean so much are often clipped to the prayer shawls. The families will have them at home to remember patients by because of the comforting power of the shawls.
Lastly, during our regular meetings to discuss our home patients, the entire hospice team frequently discusses how certain patients and families have benefitted or will benefit greatly from having a volunteer spend time with them. It is so helpful to have people who can connect with patients and spend time with them to bring them joy. Our patients express how they look forward to having volunteers come to their homes.
These are just some of the examples in the past few weeks that demonstrate how valuable our volunteer services are. Of course, there are lots more that the volunteers do than what I mentioned above, and each person’s contribution is unique and awesome. Thank you so much for being a big part of our hospice team to provide care that is loving, kind, and gentle.
With gratitude, Tae Joon Lee, MD
“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.” ~~ Thema Davis
With a few highlights from our February meeting, we’d like to show you just some of the reasons why each and every one of you make The Service League of Greenville NC a special organization and why The Service League of Greenville is 80 years strong!
You are — PROFESSIONAL!
You are — THOUGHTFUL!
You are — RESOURCEFUL!
You are — RESPECTFUL!
You are — GENEROUS!
You are — COMMITTED!
You are — CARING!
You are — ENTERTAINING!
You are — GRATEFUL!
Thank you for being you! And thank you for all the amazing ways you contribute to our community as a member of The Service League of Greenville!
Service League of Greenville members braved the cold on December 12th to raise donations in support of our community and as part of the Salvation Army’s kettle campaign.
“…The Salvation Army’s kettle campaign raises up to 70 percent of the Salvation Army’s total annual income, money that funds shelters, meal programs, Christmas toys, after-school programs, and emergency assistance…”
Pictured below are just a few of the ten members who took time out of their busy holiday season to take a turn ringing the bell in front of JCPenney’s doors.
Our thanks to everyone who participated — both as bell ringers and kettle donators! And a special thanks to Sustaining Chairs, Kathie Beckman and Laurie Charlton for organizing this event!
As Service League of Greenville members, we take pride in having “Service Hearts.” We do what we do to make a difference in our community and not for the recognition we receive. Just the same, it makes our day when someone lets us know how much they appreciate our efforts…
Such as this recent encounter shared by several SLG members working in our Service League of Greenville Gift Shop. From Martha Bloss:
“While working in the SLG Gift Shop today, a woman came in to thank the SLG for giving her mother a blanket. Her 87 year old mom makes many blankets and gives them to the fire dept and a child abuse social worker. She was thrilled to receive a blanket from someone else when she truly needed it. “
Another SLG members adds:
“This was a special and rather moving experience for each of us there. The daughter was sincerely appreciative of what had been given to her mother, who in turn, had been doing so much for others.”
Can it get any better than serving those who serve others? A huge SLG thank you to all who share their “Service Hearts.”