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SOURCE Highmark Caring Place
PITTSBURGH, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, recently recognized 735 volunteers, including 88 individuals who reached 5-, 10- and 15-year service milestones in their volunteer work with members of the community at the organization's four Pennsylvania locations – Erie, Lemoyne, Pittsburgh and Warrendale.
"We are so grateful for the many individuals who donate their time to support children and adults after the death of a loved one," said Terese Vorsheck, Highmark Caring Place director. "The support that Caring Place volunteers provide makes such a big difference in the lives of these children and their families."
Caring Place volunteers serve in a variety of roles, including peer group facilitators, food servers, family greeters, quilters and more. Volunteers who work directly with grieving children and their families in group sessions complete a 26-hour training session.
"The compassion and dedication our volunteers demonstrate is the critical link that allows us to help so many families," said Vorsheck. "Without them, we simply could not provide the services that we offer."
View a full list of the Caring Place volunteers acknowledged at the four recognition events held across Pennsylvania in June and July.
The Highmark Caring Place is a community resource, which offers services at no charge to any grieving family.
Individuals interested in becoming a Caring Place volunteer may contact:
About the Highmark Caring Place
The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, has facilities in Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Warrendale, Pa. The mission of the Caring Place is to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children, provide programs to address those needs and empower the community to support children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Highmark has provided financial support to the Caring Place since its inception in 1997. This support allows the Caring Place to offer its programs at no cost to the families and the community. For more information, visit www.highmarkcaringplace.com.
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