Lynn Newman Recognized as Gainesville Volunteer of the Year

Lynn Newman was the recipient of the Haven Hospice Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for the Gainesville service area during the recent volunteer appreciation luncheon and awards event.

Newman started volunteering with Haven in 1998 when she joined the Haven Hospice Alliance. The Haven Hospice Alliance is a volunteer group whose purpose is two-fold. The Alliance assists in raising funds or unreimbursed care and services for Haven Hospice patients and families while raising awareness about those programs.

“I had volunteered with many different organizations, but the mission of Haven Hospice was very appealing to me,” said Newman who also helps Haven by teaching orientation classes to new volunteers. “It was very different from critical care units, where I had worked as a registered nurse for over 13 years. It focused so much more on the human and humane aspects of a peaceful and dignified death.”

In addition to her duties with the Alliance and teaching orientation, she also serves as a community outreach volunteer where she speaks to members of the community about Haven Hospice. “Lynn is one of those people who give 110 percent. She represents Haven with integrity and has a passion for educating the community about hospice care,” said Haven Hospice Gainesville Volunteer Coordinator Jayna Mason. “It is an honor to call her a Haven Volunteer and I was thrilled to present her with the Haven Hospice Volunteer of the Year award.”

Volunteers are a vital member of the Haven Care Team. They provide companionship, support and assistance to patients residing at home, in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and the E.T. York Care Center. They also reach out to grieving families, help staff the Attic Resale Store, assist with administrative tasks and serve on special event committees. Haven is proud to have more than 700 community members dedicating their time and talents to patients and families in 18-counties across North Florida. If you are interested in volunteering in the Gainesville area, please contact Haven Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Molly Cowart at 352.379.6207.

Other volunteers who were recognized for the Gainesville area are:

  • David Yonutas – Patient Care Volunteer of the Year
  • Jill Hirsh – Administrative Volunteers of the Year
  • Miguel Arasa –  E.T. York Care Center Volunteer of the Year
  • Margaret Youngblood – Attic Resale Store Volunteer of the Year
  • Vera Gaffney – Office Services Volunteer of the Year