Helping Hands

NorthBay Guild Volunteer Gets More than He Gives Fifteen years ago, Patrick Popola was going through some very hard times when a his neighbor made a suggestion that really turned things around for him. “My neighbor recommended that I try volunteering at NorthBay Healthcare,” explained the 86-year-old Fairfield resident. He decided to check it out…
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Party Planning Drew Community Support

VacaValley Hospital was built with a lot of community support, and its opening ceremonies were planned with community support, as well. A 20-member council was established to help plan the opening ceremonies and to assure various local groups were involved in the grand opening festivities. The VacaValley Advisory Council included such Vacaville residents as David…
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A Swinging Good Time

Donna Rubin (above) a member of the Green Valley Country Club, takes a swing during the tennis tournament portion of the 29th annual NorthBay Guild Golf &Tennis Classic, which was July 16. The event, once again at Green Valley Country Club, was another sell-out success according to Jane Schilling, director of volunteer services. A quartet…
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Former Volunteer Wills Funds to NorthBay Adult Day Center

NorthBay Healthcare Foundation recently received a bequest from one of its long-time supporters, and the funds will be used to support NorthBay Alzheimer Services and the Adult Day Center. The bequest came from Oretta Cortland of Vacaville, who for years had generously volunteered her time to the NorthBay Guild. She worked in the gift shop,…
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A Perennially Classic Golf Event

The 27th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic, a popular fund-raising event organized by members of the NorthBay Guild, is always a sell-out and it benefits the programs of NorthBay Healthcare. This year’s Golf & Tennis Classic will be July 11, 2011 at the Green Valley Country Club. To sign up for the event, contact NorthBay…
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Tribute Honors Amazing Volunteers

George Daugavietis: Hospice Volunteer Delivers Compassion in the Final Days If a rocking chair had feelings, it would be endlessly frustrated by George Daugavietis. That’s because the 62 year-old will never be inspired to give into it. George could easily be a model for AARP. Thin, fit and tan, with shock of “silver fox” gray…
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In Their Final Days… Making Dreams Come True

Carmen’s Day by the Ocean Carmen Toledano knew a lot about dreams—especially one in particular. The 88-year-old widow followed her husband’s dream and traveled with him to the United States from Spain in the 1960s. Leaving friends and family behind, she uneasily settled in Vacaville where her husband had been born (his family had returned…
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Sentenced to Serve, Financial Counselor Becomes Safequest’s Volunteer of the Year

A traffic ticket that led to community service helped NorthBay Medical Center Financial Counselor Vicquita Velazquez discover her passion for helping others. In 2004, a Sacramento judge sentenced Vicquita to the community service project of her choice. She chose Safequest Solano in Fairfield, a women’s shelter that aids victims of domestic violence and sexual assault….
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In Grief, Two Mothers Reach Out to Others

Barbara Crandall and Kathy Gee are part of a club no one wants to join. It’s the club for parents who have lost a child. The two met while working at the NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Vacaville. “You’re so lost when you lose a child,” says Barbara, whose son, Jason McCurdy, was killed…
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