Every year, each New River office finds an organization to volunteer with to better the communities in which we live and work. While every organization we’ve worked with is significant, this year’s choice for our Westerville office holds a special place in our hearts.
“We chose to work with Hospice of Central Ohio this year not only to aid in a great cause but to support one of our own. A member of our NRE Team recently lost his wife, and the Hospice of Central Ohio was there to provide care and support during that difficult time,” said Sr. VP of Operations Jake Grice.
“It’s a very worthy cause and something I and those here in the office were happy to support.”
When the time came to participate in the days of service planned for Hospice of Central Ohio, our Westerville office sprang into action. One team was on-site at the Hospice facility in Newark, painting 2,377 sq. ft of fence, while another team worked out of the office to create over 550 handmade item kits and 790 handwritten cards of support.
“This was probably one of the most heartfelt service projects we’ve done. I think that those two days we all left with friendship’s a little stronger, and I’m sure hearts just a little bit fuller,” said Jamie Lingo, Accounts Coordinator for our Westerville office. “I feel like everybody would have worked hard no matter what because it’s a good cause, but because it meant so much to somebody so close to our family, everybody gave 150%.”
“It was so touching to see everybody so immersed and invested in helping one of their own feel better,” said Liz Adamshick, Hospice of Central Ohio’s Manager of Volunteer Services.
On top of two very successful days of service, our Westerville family raised over $6,000 in support of Hospice of Central Ohio. These funds are used not only for the fabrics and supplies needed to create the handmade items that assist patients with non-narcotic pain relief but also to help patients and their families with end-of-life and bereavement processes.
“They’re the kind of unsung heroes that you don’t think about until you have a personal experience with them,” said John Jarvis, New River’s Ohio Facilities Manager. “Giving back to the people who were able to give so much to you in your time of need is really such a good feeling.”