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Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KCPHD Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Kittitas County, WA - 04/26/2017 - The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) celebrates the volunteers who donate their time and effort to assist in our mission to protect and promote the health and the environment of the people of Kittitas County. Every year, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the people who contribute to local, national, and global causes.

KCPHD uses volunteers for programs and activities that are not funded, not fully funded, or for emergency response.  Over the years, KCPHD has had volunteers who provide assistance ranging from preparing informational materials to checking car seats to administering vaccines in schools. 
 
“Volunteers are critical to the Kittitas County Public Health Department,” states Robin Read, Administrator.  “The services that our volunteers provide might not exist without their hard work and dedication and we would like to recognize three volunteers who have gone above and beyond for our community.”  Highlights of the volunteers and their services are below:
 

  • Sue Kendall, Syringe Exchange Volunteer, has been a volunteer for 7 years!  She started in 2010 and provides assistance, weekly, at the Never Share Syringe Exchange.
  • Roberta “Bobbi” Spinazola, RN, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteer, since 2014, but active volunteer since 2011.  Ms. Spinazola has provided professional nursing services for events and emergency exercises, volunteered at syringe exchange, and attended meetings and trainings for MRC.
  • Jay Learmonth, RN, Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer, since 2014, but an active volunteer since 2011.  Mr. Learmonth has provided professional nursing services for events and emergency exercises, and attended meetings and trainings for MRC.
 
“Our volunteers provide economic value for programs that often do not have funding,” asserts Ms. Read.  For example, in 2016 for two events, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers contributed $400.00 worth of their professional time in service to the community.  Our records indicate that volunteers in the department contributed 2,061 total volunteer hours from the beginning of 2016 until now.  That’s almost a year of full-time work!
 
KCPHD has volunteer opportunities throughout the department and for the Kittitas County Medical Reserve Corps program as well.  For more information visit our website at http://co.kittitas.wa.us/health/default.aspx or call 509-962-7515 for more information.
 

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515