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Volunteers provide ‘perfect ingredient’ for success

Sister Rebecca Keller (right), coordinator of the Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program, congratulated Barbara Goforth who won a door prize at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Barbara is pictured with her husband, Jim, and they reside in Dana, Ind.

They work hard. They assist. They lend a helping hand. They are invaluable.

“They” are the volunteers who participate in the Sisters of Providence Volunteer Services program.

Approximately 90 people gathered Tuesday in Reilly Auditorium at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the Volunteer Services Appreciation Luncheon held to honor each and every one.

Sister Rebecca Keller, Volunteer Services program coordinator, said, “Volunteers are the perfect ingredient,” while making reference to the recipe cards placed as giveaways at each table.

And as directors and other department leaders introduced their volunteers, it was repeated many times that the volunteers help keep the Sisters of Providence ministries and mission going strong.

“I know at White Violet Center [for Eco-justice] that we could not do all of the things we do without you,” Sister Paul Bernadette Bounk, CSJ, said.

For volunteers such as Linda Hollingsworth, of Terre Haute, volunteering with the Sisters of Providence became a reality after she retired.

Linda Hollingsworht (left), of Terre Haute, Ind., enjoyed talking with Sister Ann Matilda Holloran prior to the start of the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Linda volunteers at Saint Ann Clinic, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Provdience.

While working at the Terre Haute newspaper, Linda said it was Stephanie Salter, a former Tribune-Star staff member and friend to the Sisters of Providence, who encouraged her to volunteer with the Sisters of Providence.

Linda also said she spoke with Sister Becky, who had a display booth at a senior health fair. Linda later contacted Sister Becky and for the past three years she has been a faithful volunteer at the Saint Ann Health Clinic in Terre Haute. The clinic, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Providence, provides health services to low-income individuals and families.

“I do intake of new patients, help [with the sorting and storing of] donated medicines ..,” Linda said, of her St. Ann Clinic duties. According to Linda, she finds that volunteering is a way to give back to others.

“It makes you feel good knowing that you are helping another person,” she said. “Most people are really thankful to have the help and they let you know that. In this world, you don’t get a lot of praise.”

Volunteering has other benefits, too.

“It keeps you going,” Linda said. “You know you have to get up and keep on a schedule. Still, the best part is knowing that you are helping someone.”

Note: For information about volunteering with the Sisters of Providence, contact Sister Becky Keller at 812-535-2878 or rkeller@spsmw.org

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Becky Igo

Becky Igo worked as a marketing manager for the Office of Congregational Advancement. She was an Indiana State University grad and former newspaper reporter/editor who worked with Providence Center, Volunteer Services and the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

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