2018 Volunteer Hall of Fame Honorees

VIRGINIA — The 32nd Annual Arrowhead RSVP-Northland Volunteer Center Hall of Fame event was held at the Virginia Senior Center in Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 16. Area volunteers and groups were honored for their outstanding volunteer service.

Honorees in the individual adult category include: Roger and Ellen Ricke and Bob Robinson and Dorothy Ylatupa of Hibbing, and Pat Undeland of Gilbert. Dorothy Ylatupa and Pat Undeland are Senior Companions serving the Hibbing, Gilbert, Virginia and Buhl areas. Dorothy and Pat share their compassion, time and talents helping older adults stay active, healthy and remain living in their own homes. Bob Robinson and Ellen and Roger Ricke assist hundreds of people traveling through the area as they volunteer to work the floor and be a host at the Tourist Center Senior Citizens and the Hull Rust Mine View in Hibbing.

Honorees in the youth category were the Hibbing High School Girls Hockey Team. As a hockey team, these girls have a grueling practice and game schedule during the winter months. They receive an abundance of support from the surrounding communities and the girls understand how fortunate they are to have that support. Volunteering is a way to show gratitude and give back to the people that are cheering them on and encouraging them.

Honorees in the group/organization category include: Essentia Health Virginia Volunteer Service Organization and the Northeast Office of Ombusman – Audrey Wiits and Joy Mesia.

Audrey Wiita and Joy Mesia volunteer with the State Office of Ombudsman. They serve seniors in Long Term Care settings across the state. They provide advocacy and ensure that residents receiving long-term care have their rights honored with dignity and respect.

The Volunteer Service Organization at Essentia Health-Virginia is a group of community volunteers who enrich services provided by the hospital. You can find them in the Surgery Waiting Lounge, at the Information Desk, the Care Center and delivering Meals on Wheels. In addition, they operate the Hospital Gift Shop, participate in special projects, and conduct other valuable fundraising events.

All of the volunteers nominated were acknowledged for being caring, compassionate and dedicated people who understand the importance of helping those in need. They freely give to make their community a better place.

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