WHEATLAND – Staff from Platte County Public Health gave thanks and appreciation to volunteers during an annual luncheon on Friday.
Dutch Alexander, preparedness and response program coordinator, told the volunteers that saying thank you doesn’t seem enough for the services they provide.
“We need to recognize people for what they do,” Alexander said. “It makes our lives so much easier. Without our volunteers, paperwork would be more overwhelming and it would take longer to take care of our customer base.”
The number of hours that volunteers give each year is “massive,” she said.
Each volunteer received a certificate for their efforts. The average tenure of the volunteers is six years.
Richard Bohm began volunteering after he retired. That was 14 years ago.
“I retired kind of early, and I wanted to give back in any way I could,” Bohm said. “It’s just something I wanted to do. It’s fun to help out. These people are great. They’re all friends, and they’re good people to work with.”
Volunteers do almost everything asked of them – with the exceptions of dispensing medication and giving medical advice, of course. They help out with paperwork, receive training on a variety of health subjects, including emergency preparedness and would man an incident command center in the event of an emergency.
“I don’t think you know how much time you’ve given to our awesome community,” Alexander said to the volunteers. “I know that we can’t give you everything you deserve, but I hope us giving you a heartfelt thank you is good enough for today.”
Platte County Public Health is always looking for volunteers. For information, call 307-322-2540 or visit the office at 718 Ninth St. in Wheatland.
For information about Public Health, visit www.plattecountypublichealth.com.