Category: Employee and Volunteer Highlights

MHCO EMPLOYEES RECEIVE “STAR” RECOGNITION

Elders, family members and staff nominated several Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) employees for LeadingAge Ohio STAR Awards. With the tagline, “You Make the Difference!” the STAR Awards are presented annually to create a moment of public recognition for front-line, non-management staff who care for our elderly population. STARS nominees, honored at an April… Read more »

Four Decades Have Flown by for MHCO Employees

Employees at Mennonite Memorial Home

Rodney Dyck and Sue Richard have a combined 80 years of employment at Mennonite Memorial Home. When they accepted jobs at Mennonite Memorial Home, neither Rodney Dyck, nor Sue Richard anticipated that they would still be at MMH four decades later!  Richard recently celebrated her 40th anniversary as an employee of Mennonite Home Communities of… Read more »

MHCO Seeking Volunteer Drivers

If you are 21 or older and like to drive, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio has a rewarding volunteer opportunity for you.  MHCO is seeking to add drivers to its group of medical transport volunteers.  The time commitment is flexible, and driving is only for medical transports.  Trips are made Monday through Friday and are… Read more »

Lewandoskis Benefit from Family Volunteer Experience

According to the website for Kids Giving Back, volunteering is a two-way street, giving children and their families an opportunity to change lives, including their own.  Because of the Mennonite Home Community of Ohio’s volunteer program, Bluffton’s Lewandowski family has been given a new view of aging and nursing homes. Ginna Lewandoski and her two… Read more »

Niekamp Has A “Memorable” Career

Head shot of blonde woman in black sweater.

Ever since graduating from Bluffton University with a degree in recreation management, Kristen Niekamp has been wanting to work with elders.  A few years after college, she accepted the position of activities coordinator at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, and then worked as a companion at Mennonite Memorial Home before becoming an activities assistant.  When… Read more »

Volunteer Opportunities Lead to Career Choice for Scholarship Winner

A mission trip to Peru changed Karis Wilson’s mind about her choice of careers. “I had always wanted to be a lawyer, since I love to read,” said Wilson.  “After volunteering in a medical clinic in Peru, I realized how much I like to help people and how much they rely on and appreciate health… Read more »

She Found a New Family at Willow Ridge

Joyce Klein had only planned on working at Willow Ridge for a few months.  She has found the experience so deeply rewarding that now she can’t even think of leaving. “I lost my husband to cancer in 2016,” Joyce said softly.  “He was just a beautiful person.”  An 8th grade teacher at Allen East in… Read more »

The ‘Reel’ Reward of Volunteerism

The Hilty Home Activity Room can be found to be very lively every first Thursday of the month. It began when Margaret Stechschulte of Columbus Grove started coming to Hilty Home to visit her mother-in-law who was a resident at the time. Here, a group of volunteers known as the Sewing Ladies mend and alter... Read more »