Catawba Regional Hospice Honors 20-Year Volunteer

Catawba Regional Hospice held its annual volunteer appreciation event at Catawba Country Club in Newton on April 1. With gratitude for all the time they donated to patient care, administrative help, and thrift store support, CRH invited volunteers to gather for brunch, conversation, and Family Feud-style games that earned education credits for participants.

CRH volunteer Virginia Sain

CRH volunteer Virginia Sain

In addition, CRH paid special tribute to Virginia Sain, a long-time volunteer who has donated 20 years of her time and commitment to Hospice service. She has been particularly dedicated in her role as a volunteer receptionist at the front desk of the administration building on CRH’s Catawba Valley campus.

Jane Bumgarner, a CRH receptionist who benefits from Virginia’s relief service, stated, “Our ‘Gal Friday,’ as we affectionately call her, has been a great source of help for many years. She always arrives early for her shift and never leaves early – even when the staff is back and ready to work. She certainly embodies the spirit of volunteer service.”

“We are fortunate to have the support of Virginia and so many devoted volunteers like her,” shared Jill Rhoney, Volunteer Services Manager. “To a person, they’re generous with their time, eager to help with our efforts, and great ambassadors of the hospice mission. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that local communities understand the value of our care and actively involve themselves in making it happen.”

Also marking the organization’s first-ever 25-year milestone for Hospice volunteer service were Mary Hudson of Taylorsville, NC; Bess Ekonomon of Newton, NC; and Ann Sipe, of Conover, NC.

For more information about volunteering at Catawba Regional Hospice, call 828.466.0466 or email