Orange County Honorees
Dolores (Dee) Vavricka was born in Middletown and has lived in New York her whole life. She worked at the local orchard and as a waitress. She is a widow and has four children and five grandchildren. Two of her daughters nominated her for this award through the Orange County Office for the Aging.
Dee Vavricka has volunteered with Hospice of Orange/Sullivan counties since the agency's founding 25 years ago and is its longest serving volunteer. She provides vigil support for patients and their families for the end of life, probably the most difficult, emotionally taxing volunteer assignment. In addition, Dee has worked every month for 15 years at her church's food pantry that distributes food to over 100 families. Also, she visits the homebound, bringing them homemade goodies, and makes it her mission to visit nursing home residents who do not receive regular visitors. Her dedication and compassion make her contribution to the Orange County community truly outstanding.
She has been serving her community for 25 years
"Back in 1988, my mother, mother-in-law, and two dear friends all had cancer. I decided to train for Hospice to learn to help people like them. I always worked at my church," she said.
Her rewards from volunteering? "Peace of mind, knowing I've made someone else's life easier or happier. Her motto is: "Hold a hand, dry a tear. I am the fortunate one!"
Born in Ohio, Glenice Foglia has lived in New York since 1970. She was a secretary at Orange County Community College for 27 years in the Nursing Department. She and her husband, Bob, have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Glenice volunteers with the Jewish Family Service's Friendly Visitor Program and the Middletown Lions Club. As a Friendly Visitor, Glenice has logged over 1,300 hours of service transporting older adults and adults with disabilities to medical, other necessary appointments, and to purchase groceries. She often performs these services on very short notice. Glenice is the Secretary of the Lions Club and also the Club Coordinator for the SEE (Screening Eyes Early) Program which provides vision screenings for 400 Pre-K and Kindergarten students annually. She also initiated and chairs the Lions reading Action Program in which volunteers read to children. She has read to 300 children this year. In conjunction with this program, Glenice has applied for a matching grant to purchase books for the program.
Her energy and dedication have raised the quality of life for a broad spectrum of the population: the elderly, children, and adults with disabilities, as well as people of any age with vision or hearing problems.