Pet Patrol Visit Brings Joy to Family During Difficult Time

Despite the loss of his father, a family member tells Mercy Volunteer Services that Pet Patrol volunteer Lisa Carter and her dog Riley brought joy to him and his family. Last December, Lisa Carter received an unexpected call from Mercy Volunteer Services. She and her dog Riley have been part of Mercy Pet Patrol since…

Mercy Pet Patrol Canton Ohio - Lisa Carter and dog Riley
From Heart Attack Survivor to Patient Ambassador, Volunteer Todd Hall Says, ‘Every Day Is a Blessing.’

It all happened so fast and without warning. Last June, before he could even draw his first monthly pension from Lockheed Martin, Todd Hall suffered a major heart attack necessitating emergency quintuple bypass surgery and later a defibrillator implant. Although he still wonders how many times he can cheat death, Todd, now a Mercy Heart…

Todd Hall Mercy Heart Attack Survivor 2016
Volunteer Wins TimkenSteel Scholarship, Considers Future in Politics

Eli Abboud, a Mercy Gift Shop volunteer and senior at Jackson High School, believes in the power of positive human interaction. He considers it not only fun, but also a great way to live life. Eli plans to take this philosophy and his experience to a new level this fall as a business and economics…

Eli Abboud Jackson High School 2017 - Mercy Canton Ohio Gift Shop Volunteer
Healthy 4 Life Camp for Kids Invests in Northeast Canton Community

“The children were behaved, very inquisitive, and willing to share stories about their family. Many of them already knew about good nutrition because they were learning similar information in school, which was so exciting to hear.” — Tracia Wellman, Mercy Mission Outreach Mercy Mission Outreach continued its summer camp for school-age children this year, holding…

Healthy4Life Camp 2016, northeast Canton Ohio
Cancer Survivor Nancy Whitaker: In 1965, ‘My Life Changed Forever’

There are more than 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today, and Mercy Cancer Center is grateful to be a part of the advancements in cancer care that help people live longer, fuller lives after a cancer diagnosis. Nancy Whitaker (front row, center) has been a Mercy volunteer for 28 years, the past…

canton ohio cancer survivor nancy whitaker - 1965 - ovarian cancer
Mercy Peer Visitors Help Guide New Stroke Survivors

Mercy Peer Visitors giving hope and encouragement to stroke patients at the hospital. The program was created by Mercy therapists who felt new stroke patients would find encouragement from others who already experienced the journey through stroke recovery. “[People who’ve never had a stroke] have no idea how difficult it is to be a stroke…

Stroke Survivors Canton Ohio Help Others With Peer Support
Open Arms and Hearts: Greek Woman, Family Find Home in Canton & at Mercy

Once a lonely young immigrant from Greece, Lily Janidas has lived in Follansbee, W. Va., Marion, Ind., and Steubenville, Ohio. For many years now, she has called Stark County home, and she and her oldest son consider Mercy to be family.   Guest post by Mary Beth Breda, Mercy Volunteer Services Coordinator I met Lily…

Canton Mercy St Paul Square Greek Family 2015
Mercy Service League: Keepers of the Mercy Medical Center Mission

The roots of Mercy Service League run deep, and the group’s history has a direct lineage from Mercy’s founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine. Learn more about becoming a member of Mercy Service League >> The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine were strong advocates of social justice and ventured from France to northeast…

Historical Mercy Service League Check Presentation, Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio
Mercy Rosary Makers Craft Physical Reminders of Faith for Hope, Comfort

Helping people through difficult times is what the Rosary Makers at Mercy are all about. Patients who receive the rosaries often feel a sense of warmth and comfort knowing that the rosaries were made to spiritually support the healing process. Mercy Rosary Makers were founded by Shirley Baumgartner, a retired nurse and current Mercy volunteer….

Rosary Maker Volunteers at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio
Mercy Volunteer Anjali Ta: ‘Teens Don’t Get Volunteer Options Like This Elsewhere’

In addition to providing experience in a health-care setting for a teen with dreams of becoming a family doctor, Mercy Volunteer Services has also given Anjali Ta an outlet for her skills in writing and music, too. Jackson High School sophomore Anjali Ta hopes to someday be a family medicine physician. Looking for ways to…

Anjali Ta - teen volunteer - mercy medical center, canton, ohio - 2015
Pet Patrol Dog Brings Calm, Happiness to Hospital Patient

For Ross Riggs and his dog Gunner, it was just a quiet evening of visiting people at Mercy. Yet, for a patient without the ability to communicate and her deeply concerned nurse, Gunner's presence meant calm and peace. Ross Riggs, a Mercy Pet Patrol volunteer, shares an experience he had one evening visiting Mercy Medical…

Ross and Gunner - Mercy Pet Patrol 2015
Music to Their Ears: Green Intermediate Students Collect, Organize 1,000 CDs for Mercy Hospice

Sarah and Emily Kolesar have a passion for service, fostered in part by their Girl Scout troop's "Year of Service." So, when they learned Mercy Hospice needed someone to organize its small collection of music CDs, that was music to their ears – and inspiration for their minds. In Sarah's and Emily's capable young hands, the…

Mercy Hospice CD labelling project 2015 - 1
Teen Volunteer Discovers Being a Leader Is Fun

"What I learned about leadership [as a Mercy volunteer] is that being a leader is actually rather fun and not as strict as what people make it seem like.” — Wan Xing, Mercy TAG Volunteer Wan Xing has been a part of the Teen T.A.G. (Together, Achieving Greatness) volunteer program since December 2012 and has…

Jackson High School's Wan Xing, Mercy Volunteer, 2015 Canton Ohio
‘All the Regulars’: Senior Friends Volunteer Forms Close Friends Through Service

"The most valuable experience of volunteering for me would be the memories I have made with all the friends I have met." — Carol Wilson, Mercy Senior Friends volunteer Carol Wilson’s eyes light up whenever she talks about volunteering with Mercy Senior Friends and Mercy Medical Records. She has given more than 1,100 hours of…

Carol Wilson Mercy Senior Friends Volunteer 2015
Devoted to Mercy and Our Mission: Gift Shop Volunteers Have Passion to Serve

Collectively serving more than 8,000 hours, two retired Mercy nurses and current gift shop volunteers serve because they remain committed to the hospital, our mission and their fellow volunteers. Karen Baysinger calls her position in the Mercy Gift Shop her “dream job.” A graduate of Mercy’s school of nursing, Karen worked in Mercy Maternity Services…

Karen Baysinger, Mercy Gift Shop Volunteer, Canton Ohio, 2015
Teen Volunteer Learns to Approach Every Problem with Compassion

"Each time I walk in for my volunteer assignment, I'm not quite sure what will be waiting for me. However, this has taught me to approach every problem with a solution and compassion." – Elizabeth Molnar, Mercy T.A.G. Volunteer Elizabeth “Lizzy” Molnar has been a part of the Teen T.A.G. (Together, Achieving Greatness) volunteer program…

Elizabeth Molnar, Canton Ohio volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, 2015
Volunteer Jeanette King: ‘I Really Look Forward to My Tuesdays’

"What amazes me about voluteering at Mercy is how often I meet the nicest people." ~ Jeanette King, retired public health nurse and Mercy volunteer Meet Jeanette King, a Mercy volunteer for more than a year. She has accumulated 305 service hours across several different volunteer assignments.  Jeanette is always willing to help wherever the…

Jeanette King, Mercy Medical Center volunteer, Canton, Ohio 2015
Twice-retired Bank VP Calls Volunteering for Mercy Foundation the ‘Right Fit’

Richard (Dick) Croasdaile Jr. has always enjoyed an active life. After his second retirement last year, he soon joined the Mercy Development Foundation as a board member and regular volunteer. “After all,” he says, “how much golf can you play?” Although he likes to keep things light-hearted, his desire to help the foundation stems from…

Dick Croasdaile Jr., Mercy Foundation Volunteer 2015
Volunteer Jackie Betz Pays It Forward at Mercy

"Mercy is a wonderful place to 'pay it forward.'" ~ Jacqueline “Jackie” Betz, volunteer Meet Jackie Betz, a Mercy volunteer for more than a year. She has accumulated 380 service hours most recently as part of her concourse transport and human resources assignments. Previous volunteer time was spent performing clerical tasks for Mercy Professional Care…

Jackie Betz, Mercy Medical Center Volunteer, Canton, Ohio, 2015
Volunteer Loel Stein: ‘Work Environment Is Outstanding’ at Mercy

"I like volunteering at Mercy because the work environment is outstanding, clean, respectful and fun." ~ Volunteer Loel Stein Meet Loel Stein, a part of our Mercy volunteer family for seven years. With more than 3,240 hours, Loel helps at the cancer center information desk twice a week and as a Eucharistic minister once a…

Loel Stein Mercy Volunteer Canton Ohio | Canton Ohio Hospital Volunteers
Mary Hatchett: Volunteering Is ‘Giving Back to Community that Gave to Me’

“Volunteering has allowed me to use my skills and experience to do meaningful work and give back to the community that gave so much to me." ~ Mary Hatchett Meet Mary Hatchett, a Mercy volunteer for the past seven years with 3,300 hours of service. A retired principal, Mary helps at our Main Lobby Information…

Canton Ohio volunteer opportunities | Mary Hatchett