Volunteer Spotlight Award: Joe Tanner
2018 1st Quarter Winner
Joe Tanner is someone who does not desire to have the spotlight on him. So, you can imagine his discomfort when we shared the wonderful news that he was our latest Volunteer Spotlight Award winner! Immediately, Joe did not feel as if he deserved the honor, but if you know him, then you know that he most certainly does. And if you do not know him, then allow us to tell you why he is such an amazing volunteer who deserves this accolade and so much more.
Joe has lived and worked in Cecil County almost all his life. He earned a technical college degree and has always been interested in technical subjects. Though he is now retired, he is far from sitting still. His love for volunteering actually began when he was a high school student and has continued to this day.
However, Joe’s path to Union Hospital came through unfortunate circumstances. “My wife (Judy) is a breast cancer survivor, and we were asked to have coffee with a church friend and Beth Money of the Cancer Program at Union, along with a representative from the American Cancer Society. They asked us to help start a Cancer Resource Center at the hospital and we said yes.” Honestly, it is no surprise to anyone in this community that he and his wife wouldn’t hesitate to get involved. That is probably one of many reasons why he and Judy were chosen as Cecil County Citizens of the Year in 2014. Joe and Judy have worked tirelessly to help establish the Cancer Resource Center, which has been a true blessing to cancer patients by offering everything from free wigs to food from the Center’s pantry.
Joe not only volunteers at the Cancer Resource Center, but he also donates his time as a driver for the American Cancer Society’s, Road to Recovery program. This service provides transportation to and from treatment appointments for patients with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
Joe says that what he enjoys most about volunteering at Union Hospital are the people—the patients, the staff, and his fellow volunteers. He also believes in the hospital’s mission and values.
As for anyone thinking about volunteering, Joe encourages them to do so. “For anyone looking for a very rewarding way to fill their time, volunteering at Union Hospital is a great opportunity. It is very fulfilling to learn new things and help others. And I enjoy the work I get to do with so many wonderful people.”