Submitted by Laura Young

Southeast Georgia Health System Auxiliaries announced Volunteers of the Quarter at their respective quarterly luncheons in March. Diane Heinecke of Brunswick was named Volunteer of the Quarter by the Brunswick Campus Auxiliary on March 2, and Sharon Bowen of St. Marys was named Volunteer of the Quarter by the Camden Campus Auxiliary on March 27.

Volunteering at the health system for the past three years, Heinecke can be found Tuesdays and Thursdays at the American Cancer Society Resource Center in the Cancer Care Center on the Brunswick Campus. She helps connect cancer patients with information and resources, as well as offer them empathy and support during this difficult time in their lives.

She says, “Each day I volunteer, I leave with a smile on my face. I work alongside such wonderful people and the patients that I interact with are an inspiration.”

Bowen began volunteering in the Camden Campus Gift Shop on Thursday mornings in 2015. “Reliable, helpful and kind are words that come to mind when describing Sharon,” said Glenda Battle, president, Camden Campus Auxiliary, “as does ‘can-do.’ We don’t think ‘no’ is part of her vocabulary.”

Reflecting on her own experience, Bowen says volunteering in the gift shop is a lot of fun, and she appreciates being able to help the auxiliary raise funds to donate back to the health system. She adds, “The biggest reward for me is meeting so many wonderful people from the health system and our community who come into the gift shop.”

More than 300 volunteers generously share their time and talents to assist patients, visitors, and team members at the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick and Camden campuses, as well as the Senior Care Centers in Brunswick and St. Marys. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Kristin Doll, CAVS, director, Volunteer Services, at 466-1071 or visit sghs.org