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Volunteer honor doubles


September's Volunteer of the Month award honors two friends whose work as Doves has strengthened their mutual regard.

Doves, who volunteer as a two-person team, spend their shifts visiting patients door-to-door, just to say "Hi, how are you today? Is there anything we can do for you?" explains Volunteer Services secretary Cindy Haisley.

Sandy Chasteen, Williamsburg, and Marquitta Long, Richmond, both excellent examples of Reid's C.A.R.E. standards, according to nominators, say they feel lucky to be part of the Reid team.

"Often, simply a smile or a reassuring hug is enough to let patients know people are thinking of them," said Marquitta. "Occasionally we're told, 'No thanks,' and we move on to the next room."

"Sometimes we get to spend 30 minutes or more with a patient," Sandy said. "Everyone who wants to chat has a special story or concern, and everyone is interesting."

"Some patients ask us to pray with them," added Marquitta.

Several nominators pointed out that Long, a volunteer since 2006, and Chasteen, a volunteer since 2007, are co-chairs for the jewelry and chocolate fundraising sales. Their duties include scheduling volunteers to work each shift.

"Sandy and Marquitta always can be counted on to help with every fundraising event scheduled," wrote one nominator. "They are courteous and pleasant, and all the vendors comment on their friendliness and helpfulness, to them as well as to the customers."

Chasteen attends the Hillcrest Baptist Church where she has served as financial secretary. Long, a member of the Church of Christ, is retired from Richmond State Hospital.

Sandy and Marquitta, recalls one of their colleagues, once participated in a Reid Hospital United Way campaign video and brochure, and they shared stories that strengthened interest in volunteering at Reid.

Sandy's family includes her husband, John, three sons and five grandchildren. Marquitta's family includes a sister, a brother, a niece, two nephews and two great-nephews.

Both of the honored Volunteers put spending time with their families, friends, fellow church members and each other at the top of their to-do lists. Sandy also fancies traveling and embroidery; Marquitta inclines to sewing and gardening.

"We're surprised and pleased by this honor," Marquitta said. "Volunteering at Reid has been a blessing to both of us."


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