Durham Regional Hospital awarded the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award to Harold Richard at the hospital’s annual volunteer luncheon October 18. Richard, who lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina, joined the hospital three years ago as a volunteer at the hospital’s information desk. In 2010, he volunteered to serve as treasurer of Durham Regional Hospital’s Auxiliary and later accepted the additional responsibility of serving as Chairperson of the Giftique, the hospital gift shop.
“In just one year as chairperson, Harold has improved processes, brought payroll deduction to our Giftique and fundraisers, increased sales and devoted countless hours to the hospital and Durham Regional Hospital Auxiliary,” says Carol Swanson, manager of Corporate Communications and Volunteer Services for Durham Regional Hospital. “He does so without fanfare or recognition. He does it because he cares--because he wants to make a difference.”
According to hospital leadership, Richard is determined, thorough, hardworking, inclusive and kind-hearted—traits he exhibits every day while volunteering. More than once, Harold has delivered flowers to a patient at Duke Hospital when a friend mistakenly sent the order to Durham Regional. He has covered shifts (both nights and weekends) for volunteers who are sick or on vacation has stepped in to help other Auxiliary board members succeed in the implementation of their projects and is willing to implement ideas that benefit our patients.
In fiscal year 2012, Richard volunteered 1,280 hours to Durham Regional Hospital.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Volunteer of the Year Award,” says Swanson. “Harold is an individual with a caring spirit and dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. He is an important part of the Durham Regional Hospital team.”
Durham Regional has volunteer opportunities, available for adults and youth ages 15 and older. In fiscal year 2012, volunteers donated more than 34,000 hours to the hospital. To become a volunteer at Durham Regional, contact the Volunteer Services office at 919-470-4150 or download an application.