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Highmark Caring Place to Honor Central Pennsylvania Volunteers Who Committed Over 5,000 Hours to Grieving Children
Date:6/24/2008

CAMP HILL, Pa., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Highmark Caring Place will recognize 175 volunteers at a dinner event tomorrow evening at the West Shore Country Club. These individuals have collectively volunteered more than 5,000 hours -- an average of nearly 30 hours each during the past year -- in support of grieving children, adolescents and their families at the Caring Place facility at 3 Walnut Street in Lemoyne.

"The Highmark Caring Place sessions for grieving children and their parents or guardians are available at no cost to any grieving family in the community and are conducted to a large extent by trained volunteers," said Highmark Caring Place Director Terese Vorsheck. "Their support is integral to the program's success as they create a safe place where children and their families can know that they are not alone in their grief and understand that hope and healing are possible."

Volunteers at the Caring Place serve a variety of roles including group session facilitators, food servers, family greeters, quilters and more. Volunteers who work directly with the grieving children and adults in the group sessions complete an extensive 26-hour training session.

Volunteers who will receive special acknowledgment at the volunteer event for their five years of service to the Highmark Caring Place include:

-- Laura Acker, a resident of Carlisle, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Roni Collier, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Jane Davis, a resident of New Cumberland, Cumberland Co., who serves as a quilter

-- Nancy Deal, a resident of Dillsburg, York Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Karen Fisher, a resident of New Cumberland, York Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Carol Holder, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer and a quilter

-- Diane Janik, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Tony Lobato, a resident of Camp Hill, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Diane Lower, a resident of Halifax, Dauphin Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Kathy Lucia, a resident of New Cumberland, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Judie Miller, a resident of Camp Hill, Cumberland Co., who serves as a quilter

-- Robbie Brandt Miller, a resident of Lancaster, Lancaster Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Janet Salerno, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer and a quilter

-- Lisa Smith, a resident of Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

-- Linda Stailey, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a quilter

-- Sue Wiest, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a quilter

-- Deb Yates, a resident of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., who serves as a Support Group Volunteer

The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and Their Families, provides peer support groups, referral services, adult telephone support, and educational programs and resources for grieving children and families. In addition, consultation services, as well as educational presentations and resources are available for schools and other professionals in the community who work with children. The Highmark Caring Place is a community resource, offering services at no charge to any grieving family throughout the community.

The Highmark Caring Place operates three facilities, located in Lemoyne, Pittsburgh and Erie. Since the opening of the first Caring Place in 1997, the program has served more than 15,000 family members and community partners. The Caring Place will also be expanding to a fourth location this fall in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh in Warrendale, Pa.

The Highmark Caring Place is a signature partner of Highmark Healthy High 5, an initiative of the Highmark Foundation that aims to reverse the current trends in children's health and to promote lifelong healthy habits in children.

For more information about the Highmark Caring Place in Lemoyne, call 1-866-613-HOPE (4673) or visit http://www.highmarkcaringplace.com.


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