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Volunteers recognized for commitment to community, COVID-19 testing

April 22, 2022
P.O. Box 195, Goshen, IN 46527
wwwCHHclinics.org
 
(574)534-4744 ext. 202
dtackett@chhclinics.org
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20th, 2022
 
Volunteers recognized for commitment to community, COVID-19 testing  

          

 
Goshen, Ind. – April is National Volunteer Month, and the week of April 17th-April 23rd specifically is National Volunteer week. On April 19th, volunteers with Center for Healing & Hope were recognized with a breakfast and group photo with Mayor Stutsman, Lydia Spencer from the Elkhart County Health Department, and Olivia Wenger who is the COVID-19 Testing Project Manager. 
 
Center for Healing & Hope’s mission is to provide medical and advocacy services in a Christ-like manner to meet people's needs in the community. Living into that mission of meeting people's needs in the community, CHH jumped into action in May of 2020 to mobilize and become one of the first and largest state affiliated COVID-19 testing sites in the area. A call for volunteers was made. That call was answered. More than 100 volunteers heeded the call in 2020 to share their time and energy to make the testing site a place of welcome, kindness, and service to anyone who needed to be tested. Nearly two years later, this number has grown to roughly 300 volunteers, including those that offer time and expertise in the clinic as health professionals or interpreters. Some volunteered for 1 day, some have been volunteering regularly since testing began. Every hour counts toward the broader objective.
 
By the end of 2021, volunteers had collected over 70,000 samples at the testing site, administered more than 200 vaccines at two pop-up clinics, helped move the entire testing site 3 times, provided care for numerous patients at the clinic, and helped 616 people receive GRID (Goshen Resident ID) cards. While the pandemic has been disheartening, volunteers showed up everyday with renewed spirits, ready to preserve the health and wellness of the community. The collective, heroic efforts of these selfless volunteers has given the region free, accessible, consistent access to COVID-19 testing for nearly 2 years. Center for Healing & Hope is set to close the testing site indefinitely on June 30th.
 
-Daniel Tackett
Director of Marketing and Development
 
More information including clinic hours, COVID-19 testing hours, and ways to support the mission are available at the Center for Healing & Hope website, www.CHHclinics.org.
Contact:
Daniel Tackett, Marketing/Development Manager
dtackett@chhclinics.org, (574) 534-4744 x202

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