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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

 

Martinsburg VAMC Honors Dedicated Volunteers

Volunteer Kfoury Johnkins and Medical Center Director Timothy J. Cooke at the Volunteer Awards Banquet Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Volunteer Kfoury Johnkins and Medical Center Director Timothy J. Cooke at the Volunteer Awards Banquet Sunday, May 5, 2019.

By Matthew R. Bell, Public Affairs Specialist
Friday, May 24, 2019

Volunteers play an important role in the services provided by the Martinsburg VA Medical Center and earlier this month leadership recognized those efforts during a volunteer awards banquet.

More than 470 people volunteered their time at the medical center in the past year and over 100 of the volunteers attended the banquet Sunday, May 5.

One of the attendees, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran Kfoury Johnkins, who is also an employee at the medical center, has been volunteering his time for the past two years. During the day, Johnkins spend his time as a Health Aide by helping Veterans in the community living center areas but when he is off-duty he likes to volunteer his time calling bingo games.

“I like to serve those who serve me,” said Johnkins. “Volunteering helps to keep me grounded.”

Johnkins was awarded a Helping Hands Award and a certificate for volunteering more than 300 hours.

According to Terry Stotler, chief of Voluntary Service at the medical center, help from volunteers allows the medical center to expand hours and services to Veterans. Because Johnkins volunteers his time to call bingo games it frees up the Recreation Therapists who previously held the games. Before, they had to close recreation areas such as the Healing Arts Center, Heroes Health and Wellness Center and the bowling alley while they hosted the games. Now, thanks to volunteers like Johnkins, the recreational areas can stay open longer hours providing additional therapy that Veterans need.

Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting more information can contact the Voluntary Service Office at 304-263-0811, ext. 3309 or 3310, or visit www.martinsburg.va.gov/giving/index.asp.

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