COOS BAY – Sarah Winkler, of Coos Bay, has been named volunteer of the year. She received the award at the OHCA annual convention awards luncheon Sept. 19 in Portland.
Sarah has been a volunteer at Life Care Center in Coos Bay for two years.
“I longed to have an impact on people’s lives and use my gifts to help others, so I dove in!” said Winkler.
Winkler visits many residents one on one, helps with group activities and takes photos at the facility’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon. When her son was just a baby, she let residents hold him, which helped them to reminisce about their own babies.
Winkler has visited a resident in the hospital and brought her laptop with her so the resident could watch her favorite TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.” She also planned a Christmas candlelight service so residents could experience the holiday tradition, complete with live worship and a sermon.
Life Care Center of Coos Bay is located at 2890 Ocean Blvd. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sandi Ellis at 541-267-5433.