37th Annual D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Volunteer Banquet


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MARQUETTE – On Thursday, April 18, 2019 the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans (DJJHV) held its 37th Annual Volunteer Banquet at Northern Michigan University’s Vandament Arena.

The banquet honored the 200+ volunteers who donated over 11,000 hours of service at the DJJHV in the last year. Certificates were presented to each volunteer. Nine Milestone Service Awards were presented to volunteers who have met major mile markers during the last year for lifetime accumulation of volunteer hours at the DJJHV, including a 5000-hour award.

“We simply could not do what we do without our volunteers. In addition to bringing fun and kindness and joy to the home, they are allowing us to offer more to the members and so we are able to create a home-like environment.” said Sarah Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. “Right now there are approximently 170 individuals who live here. Most of them are men, but there are about 15-20 women who also live here and they represent all branches of the military, going back to World War II, up to more current service.”

Attendees included the Michigan Veterans Home Board of Managers; Deputy Director of Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency, Tim Loney; representatives from our state and federal legislators; and Chief Operating Officer for the Home, Steve Rolston.

Ryan Engle, the Administrator at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans said, “We are honored to recognize and thank the outstanding individuals and organizations that make an incredible impact in the lives of our veterans. Our volunteers are essential in making the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans a true ‘home’ for our members as they work alongside staff to provide excellent care and quality of life for the finest men and women who have served our nation.”

Local 3 News spoke with Johnson about future volunteer opportunities, “As we head into spring, it would be really wonderful to have volunteers who come in and help with planting and tending gardens with the members, take members out for walks to enjoy the sunshine. We have several major summer events coming up including our first blueberry pancake brunch, a 50th Woodstock anniversary party, and an annual member carnival and we need lots and lots of support to pull these events off, whether it’s transporting members or flipping pancakes.”

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