Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The 2020 Hazel P. Harnish Memorial Award Winner
Coatesville VA Medical Center selected one of their volunteers on June 15 to receive the highest honor available to the 306 volunteers, the 2020 Hazel P. Harnish Memorial Award for Excellence in Volunteering.
This year's recipient, Andy Kraft, a Red Coat Ambassador, is well-known by in-patient and out-patient Veterans who receive care at Coatesville.
The Hazel P. Harnish Memorial Award for Excellence in Volunteering, a prestigious local award that commemorates the years of loving and dedicated service of long-time volunteer Hazel Harnish. Kraft has amassed over 3,600 hours in 6 years. As an Ambassador, he meets and greets Veterans as they come in to building 3 and helps them find their way to appointments.
Gina Cybator, Voluntary Services Specialist, said "Andy takes great care with each Veteran when it comes to checking-in at the kiosks, finding another clinic, or escorting patients. His personal and attentive treatment of WWII Veterans does not go unnoticed."
Kraft, a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, describes his volunteer mission as, "to put a smile on everyone's face. Veterans deserve the extra special attention and I am honored to listen to their stories."
Kraft is a trusted member of the Voluntary Service department and Volunteers wherever he is needed. Cybator invites Kraft to speak at all their New Volunteer Orientation sessions. Kraft shares his experiences with aspiring volunteers, greatly helping with the recruitment effort.
Jennifer Lilly, Chief of Voluntary Services said, "Andy's insight and experiences add so much positive energy to the presentation."
One of Voluntary services goals is to help make patients stay more comfortable by matching peoples' talents to Veterans' needs. Volunteers donated more than 40,000 hours of their time and talents having significant impact on Veterans receiving care here.
Voluntary Services also oversees all donations coming into Coatesville VAMC and has accepted and distributed more than $624,000 in donations to Veterans in need.
If you are interested in learning more about how to become a volunteer or donate to the Veterans at the Medical Center, visit their webpage and then call the Voluntary Services Specialist, Gina Cybator at 610-384-7711, ext. 4900.