Grateful for the Guild

Posted: October 21, 2020

Sidelined, But NOT Forgotten!

NorthBay Guild members have been on hiatus from their volunteer duties since the pandemic hit in March, out of an abundance of caution for their health. But many recently learned how much they’ve been sorely missed throughout the organization, when they were invited to a special “socially distanced” appreciation event.A bag with lunch and goodies is handed to a NorthBay Guild member during a drive-thru appreciation event in Vacaville.

As a show of gratitude, Guild members were invited to “drive by” the VacaValley and Green Valley campuses last week to receive cheers from employees and a boxed lunch and other treats.

Guild members receive flowers handed to them in the Vacaville drive-thru appreciation event from Joint Replacement Program Coordinator Loida De Vera and Manager Cyndy Giaquinto.“The annual Guild Appreciation luncheon, originally scheduled for last April, had been canceled because of COVID, but we just couldn’t let the year go by without letting them know how much they’ve been missed,” noted Lou Lopez, Volunteer Services supervisor.

Pompom-wielding and sign-waving fans greeted cars filled with Guild volunteers as they wove past the VacaValley Wellness Center and the Green Valley Administration Center. In Vacaville, staff from the Joint Replacement Program handed out roses and others from the Cancer Center and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation waved signs reading “We miss you” and “NorthBay loves you!”

At Green Valley, volunteers were greeted by staff members from Ambulatory Coding, who also passed out hand-made treats labeled with various ambulatory codes, such as code F40.210 for “fear of spiders.”  Members of the Ambulatory Coding team hold up signs and pass out bags of goodies for NorthBay Guild volunteers.

“This is really something, so nice,” said Rose Resendez, as she and husband Willie rolled up to receive their lunch.

“Oh, the diaper cakes, we miss them, Rose,” said Heather Troutt, clinical manager, Women and Children’s Services, as she ran over to greet Rose. “She would make all the diaper cakes for our new moms,” she explained.

More than 60 volunteers took part in the drive-by event, Lou added.


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