Farmington Hills, MI (November 13, 2007)--- Family Volunteer Day is November 17 and one couple knows the importance of family and volunteering. Lonnie and Russ Haines have been volunteers at Botsford Hospital for more than five years. They started at Botsford because their daughter Lynn was working in the physical medicine department. Lynn knew how good her dad was at computer work and the department needed some forms typed, so she reached out to her parents for help. Lonnie and Russ enjoyed the people at Botsford and felt good about giving a few hours a week of their time, so five years later they are still part of the Botsford team.
Prior to volunteering at Botsford, the Haines' spent more than 30 years teaching for Livonia Schools. Lonnie, a Farmington native, and Russ met in 1968 on the first day of school at Bryant Middle School in Livonia. They were both teachers, and Russ was new to town. They married less than two years later and have treasured every moment together.
Cynthia Bonkowski, Botsford's Volunteer Services Manager, says, "Lonnie and Russ are true companions who are incredibly in love. They have a zest for life and learning, and they enjoy every minute with each other." In addition to volunteering at Botsford, they volunteer at Detroit Metro Airport and they help their daughter coach two girls soccer teams. They enjoy traveling and have been to every country in Europe except Spain and Portugal, where they plan to go this summer.
Lonnie and Russ are dedicated to making a difference and enjoying every minute of their day. Lonnie says, "We decided to volunteer because we had the time and we wanted to do something helpful. As educators, we were always teaching and learning new things. We wanted to continue to share our gifts with others. I enjoy every minute of my time at Botsford. The people are awesome and they are dedicated to their patients."
Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governor's Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Botsford's Web address www.botsford.org.
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