In recognition of the significant difference the Desert Mission volunteers make in their community, they have been chosen as a 2013 winner of the American Hospital Association’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).

About 500 of the almost 2,000 volunteers of the John C. Lincoln Health Network volunteer in Desert Mission’s community service programs: Food Bank, Children’s Dental Clinic, Lincoln Learning Center, Marley House Behavioral Health Clinic, Community Health Center and Neighborhood Renewal.

The HAVE Award recognizes volunteers who provide leadership in community outreach, particularly with innovative and measurable programs with external partners to address challenges in the community.

Desert Mission, founded in 1927, remains an integral part of the mission of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. At a minimum each day, volunteers provide the equivalent of 18 full-time positions across its services, said Cindy Hallman, executive director of Desert Mission and a vice president in the John C. Lincoln Health Network.

“They are here every day with a smile on their faces, helping our clients, and that energizes me and my staff to help our clients meet their challenges,” she said.

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