While all of the volunteers at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center make a significant impact on the patients, guests and staff, one volunteer really stands out for her years of service and hours of volunteering. After joining the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary in 1990 and volunteering for more than 32,000 hours, Julia Sisk retired in October.
So exactly how many days is that? Roughly 1,333 24-hour days or 800, 40-hour workweeks.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary and Culpeper Medical Center celebrated Sisk’s outstanding volunteer service. Surrounded by her family, fellow auxiliary members and Culpeper Medical Center staff, Sisk recounted fondly on her years of community service with the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary.
Sisk, 94, first volunteered in the hospital’s coffee shop and most recently served as a volunteer in the Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. She volunteered five days a week at the hospital consistently for more than 20 years.
“I lost my husband to cancer and then my sister, so I was lonely,” Sisk said. “I got tired of sitting around looking at the walls, so I went to volunteer.”
She rode with a friend or fellow volunteer to the thrift store and would arrive early, sometimes by 6 a.m., and would work until around 1 p.m.
“Julia is a rare gem,” said Monica Stover, manager of Culpeper Auxiliary Thrift Shop. “She has a deep-rooted work ethic. She likes to stay busy and she is strong as an ox. She would do circles around me.”
Sisk told the packed room she was happy to have a reason to get “dressed up fancy” and that she “loved doing this so much and I will miss you all.”
Sisk received an “hours of service” pin and a gift certificate for dinner at her favorite local restaurant. She was also presented with a plaque to commemorate her extraordinary service, which will be displayed in the Culpeper Medical Center dining room.
Lights of Love
The Culpeper Hospital Auxiliary will host Lights of Love, a fundraiser event to celebrate the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony. The community is welcome to purchase lights for $10 or a light in the star for $50 in honor and/or memory of a loved one. Proceeds are used to purchase equipment for the hospital such as portable defibrillators or heart monitors. Forms are available from the first floor reception area. Event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6:45 p.m. next to the Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical entrance at 501 Sunset Lane.
For more information, visit website at NovantHealthUVA.org