Lubrizol Employees Volunteer at Hospice of the Western Reserve
Thursday, June 10, employees from The Lubrizol Corporation’s locations in Wickliffe, Avon Lake and Brecksville spent the day working for Hospice of the Western Reserve as part of the company’s 4th annual “Building Bonds” day. Nearly one hundred volunteers came to Hospice House to clean up and landscape the former St. Joseph Christian Life Center property, provide administrative support and host an ice cream social for patients and families.
“It’s nice to get outside, it is something different than I do on a daily basis,” Don, a Lubrizol engineer, explained during the lunch break.
“Many people are doing projects that are different than their daily jobs at Lubrizol,” said Theresa Janicki, communications specialist at Lubrizol and the coordinator of Building Bonds. “Others are highly skilled because of their positions and are using their technical skills here today.”
The work at the former Christian Life Center aimed to restore the property to its original beauty. Volunteers rebuilt benches, cleaned up gardens and revitalized a deck. Unexpectedly, volunteers uncovered a beautiful rose gardens and additional walking paths.
“It is inspiring for us to see people giving of themselves,” said Lisa Gallagher, Hospice of the Western Reserve’s director of volunteers. “Volunteers are vital to the work we do every day.”
In addition to extensive landscaping work at the former Christian Life Center, volunteers provided an ice cream social for patients and families.
Hospice of the Western Reserve has been a volunteer site every year since the event’s inception. “We are a Lake County company, so it is important for us to give back to the Lake County community,” Janicki explained.
James L. Hambrick, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer for Lubrizol also serves as the vice chair on Hospice of the Western Reserve’s board of directors.
Hospice of the Western Reserve was one of three organizations who benefited from Lubrizol’s Building Bonds Day. Over 275 employees also participated in projects at Deepwood Center in Mentor and Fairhill Center in Cleveland.
About Hospice of the Western Reserve
Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency providing comfort, care and emotional support to patients and their families, regardless of age, disease or ability to pay. Care is provided wherever the patient lives - in the home, hospital, assisted living/long-term care facility, or at Hospice House, our 42-bed residential facility overlooking Lake Erie. For more information visit www.hospicewr.org or call 800-707-8922.