At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp”— or as she is more widely known, Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today. On today, May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day. In light of the global pandemic affecting us all today, nurses, as well as all other frontline workers are so important to supporting the health of our nation. In honor of that, we have gathered a few stories of people helping others and assisting these essential workers from our William Raveis community. Thank a nurse, doctor or essential worker today and read on to be inspired on how to help!
William Raveis is proud to share a sweet surprise with the hospital workers of our footprint. We delivered 50 boxes of Munson’s gourmet assorted chocolates each to Smilow – Yale hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, Northwestern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York and Dana Farber in Brookline, Massachusetts.
We’re very proud of our William Raveis agents and their accomplishments, but we’re especially proud of those who’ve been volunteering their time and energy to help our communities and first responders on the South Shore, Connecticut, Florida and beyond.
Contact any of the agents below by clicking on their name to see how you can help our nurses and frontline essential workers.
Kathleen Duffy, of William Raveis Scituate, has making masks & scrub caps for local doctors and nurses, including a client of hers who is a nurse.
Collectively the agents and staff at Raveis Scituate have donated $465 to the Scituate Food Pantry by purchasing grocery gift cards through the Scituate Animal Shelter, so both the Pantry and Shelter are receiving financial aid.
George Jamieson, of William Raveis Norwell, wanted to recognize the great efforts from the nursing staff at South Shore Hospital with a donation of many bottles of wine. Cheers!
Rebecca Glynn, also of Raveis Norwell, has made and donated roughly 250 masks to healthcare working and the Norwell Post Office workers.
Lorraine Tarpey, an agent with William Raveis Cohasset, is celebrating her 20th year in real estate and celebrating local businesses by giving away gift cards to local stores and restaurants.
Tina Finkbeiner, administrative manager in the Osterville, Massachusetts office, has a daughter working on the frontlines as a respiratory therapist at Mass General Hospital. Tina’s daughter, Ale, and her team are experiencing discomfort from the types of masks they must wear during long shifts helping COVID-19 patients. The elastic bands cause painful rubbing around the ears, and Ale and Tina came up with a way to alleviate that pain. Sewing buttons on to headbands allows the healthcare workers to attach the elastic to the headband instead for more comfort. Thus, “Headbands for Heroes” was created. Through the vast William Raveis network, Tina was able to rally many agents from all over Cape Cod to join in the effort with help and donations. In an effort to further support the frontlines, the office is sending care packages as well.
The agents at William Raveis Cohasset sent a care package to the dedicated medical staff of Boston Medical Center’s Labor & Delivery unit, including agent and full time RN, Whitney Duncan, who are providing exception care for the city’s most vulnerable.
Isabelle Megard and Donna Whitney, of William Raveis Hingham, have dropped off notes of encouragement & gratitude with chocolates to local fire houses in appreciate. Isabelle has also made over 100 masks which were donated to help small businesses that are still open.
William Raveis Mystic office provided lunch from New London Recovery Room to workers at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in appreciation for all they are doing.
The Raveis offices of Andover and Lynnfield raised $6,280 for two non-profit organizations, Bread & Roses and Good Hope, Inc, which have been doing their best to shift and adapt their strategies to provide ongoing services during this difficult time. The need has grown exponentially and this donation will provide so much for the most vulnerable in these two communities. To learn more, click here.
Mary Kelleher has been sewing face masks for healthcare workers at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.
Mia Capella of Trumbull has been delivering to local hospitals much-needed intubation boxes and face shields that her family’s business, The Plastic Factory, has mass-produced and donated.
Lonnie Lum, aka “The Soup Ninja”, has partnered with the community-based non-profit, Gullotta House, to provide free meals to those in need. For more than six weeks, they’ve been cooking, packaging and delivering meals throughout Westchester County. Lonnie has cooked and distributed more than 3,125 meals to date. For more information, click here.
William Raveis Naples, Florida team Matt and Molly Lane and their office teamed up with Sails Restaurant, a popular spot in town, to donate meals to hospital workers.
Together, they will deliver 150 meals a day. Their goal is to feed a different floor each day, so they can reach the hospital’s nearly 3,500 employees.
Many medical teams are working around the clock to care for the patients in the community without an opportunity to stop to get a hot meal. This effort provides much-needed sustenance when they need it the most.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, or where you work. This virus affects everyone,” said Molly Lane, a Senior Vice President and General Manager of Florida, who will be helping deliver meals to the hospital with her husband, Matt Lane, and Pavicevic’s team.
Thank you to our frontline workers, this week during National Nurses Week, and every day of this unprecedented time.