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Griffin Hospital honored its volunteers for selflessly giving their time and talents to the hospital at its 2024 Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at Sage in Derby recently.

A total of 126 hospital volunteers logged more than 20,628 hours last year while serving as ambassadors, candy stripers, bakers, shuttle drivers, soft touch therapy providers, writers of vital patient stories and many more roles that benefited hospital patients, visitors and staff.

“Every day, our volunteers make our community stronger by being actively involved at Griffin Hospital,” said Griffin Hospital Volunteer Program and Guest Relations Supervisor Kathy Browne. “Our volunteers have gone above and beyond in making positive differences in the lives of Griffin Hospital’s patients and their loved ones, and fellow Griffin Health caregivers. But, just as important, they fulfill something in themselves – becoming better persons in making the world around us a better place.”

Student Volunteers Honored
Griffin Hospital Volunteer Services also awarded its annual $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships for high school volunteers going on to college next school year.

For more than 50 years, Griffin Hospital has awarded scholarships to community students pursuing advanced education. In order to qualify for these scholarships, the students must have volunteered over 100 hours at the hospital, been in high academic standing, have been accepted into an accredited college or university, demonstrated initiative and perseverance and possess exemplary moral character.

The winners of this year’s $1,500 scholarships are Shellymar Casillas, of Ansonia High School, Eliana Howard, of Trumbull High School, and Rania Parikh, of St. Joseph’s High School. Hailey and Samantha Burton, both of Ansonia High School, won $1,000 scholarships.