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Highmark Caring Place honors volunteers at annual event

ERIE (June 16, 2017) — The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, will host its 16th annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m., to recognize the 183 volunteers who currently serve grieving kids and families through the organization. The event will be held at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center’s Crystal Ballroom.

The Caring Place, located at 510 Cranberry Street in Erie, provides grieving families with peer support programs, along with education, consultation, and referral services. Volunteers work directly with the children and families who come to the Caring Place after the death of a loved one.

"Highmark Caring Place volunteers are extraordinarily compassionate, caring people who have the courage to be there for children during a very difficult time in their lives. They play a vital role in supporting children and families as they grieve the death of their loved ones," said Terese Vorsheck, Director of The Caring Place.

"We are excited about the special recognition we will pay to nine volunteers for 15 years of service and four volunteers for 10 years of service. We are so grateful for their time, their commitment and their loving spirit," said Vorsheck.

According to Vorsheck, the highlight of the event will be a tribute to the volunteers by a family that has participated in the program.

"This family’s description of the impact of the program speaks directly to the meaning of the work of our volunteers," she said.

To become a Caring Place Volunteer, contact Kristen Huber, LPC, NCC, Caring Place Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 814-528-0934 or

About the Highmark Caring Place

The mission of the Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families, is to raise awareness of the needs of grieving children, provide programs to address those needs, and empower the community to support children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Since its inception in 1996, the Caring Place has served more than 90,000 family and community members. Financial support from Highmark Inc. allows the Caring Place, with facilities in Lemoyne, Erie, Pittsburgh and Warrendale, Pennsylvania to offer its programs at no cost to the families and the community. Please visit


Wendy Morphew
Highmark Media Relations
412-544-3616 (office)
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