Konard Jones, Arletta Stonebraker, and Diane Harris

A Busy Year for the Guild

There were a number of new faces — as well as many veterans — among the crowd of more than 80 NorthBay Guild volunteers who came to Green Valley Administration Center for the annual Guild Holiday breakfast, held Dec. 1.

“We are lucky to have many new volunteers this year,” noted Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services, “as well as so many who have been with the Guild for many years. Our entire Guild has worked very hard to make some positive changes to some of our programs,” she added, outlining some of those accomplishments as the group settled in to enjoy their brunch, catered by Napa Deli.

Teen volunteers

“We now have volunteers at the Wellness Center in Vacaville and the Fairfield Center for Primary Care. We have college students assigned to work in the Mother-Baby Unit at shift change, and our Teen program has been folded into the regular program, with the help of Robin Toltvtar and Pat Dennis. And, we have launched a Cuddler Program for our NICU babies, with the help of retired employees and new volunteers Arletta Stonebraker and Diane Harris. We hope to be working with Nutrition Services and the Ambulatory Surgery Center in 2019, and we will be working to create a bigger presence in the pavilion to greet visitors and walk them to their destinations.”

Hilliard also noted that long-time Guild volunteer Dorothy Hicks retired from managing the Gift Shop at NorthBay Medical Center, and those duties have been assumed by Virginia Hill and Patty Datzman.

“There are many things you can do with your time, but you chose to serve,” noted Konard Jones, president and CEO. “We’ve had many changes at NorthBay this year but the one constant is this group — and your smiling faces and your offers to help.”

Guild members brought unwrapped toys to be donated to the Women and Children’s Services Christmas Party, and then were treated to a raffle consisting of a large array of prizes. Several NorthBay Foundation board members helped pass out raffle prizes, for everything from a slew of gift cards and bottles of wine, to poinsettias and television sets.