Volunteer Profiles: Alyce Block and Beverly Lewis

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Like mother, like daughter – when it comes to both health care careers and volunteering.

Alyce Block received her nursing degree from Norwalk Hospital in the late 1940s. Her volunteering efforts stretch back nearly as far. Growing up on a beef and dairy farm led her to become active in Fairfield County Farm Bureau, an organization that educates, promotes and legislates for better quality of life for farmers and consumers. Alyce was Vice President for 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors. From 2000-2008 she was the Northeast Representative for the American Farm Bureau Association, Women’s Leadership Committee. In 2016 she was honored by the organization with a scholarship in her name, an award that honors a person that exemplifies extraordinary leadership skills.

Her leadership skills found her on the YNHH Auxiliary Board of Managers in 2009 after being admitted to YNHH as a patient following a serious car accident. Wanting to give back to the hospital as a way of saying thank you for the quality of care both she and her husband received and a desire to educate the community about health issues, Alyce found that the Auxiliary Health Education committee was the perfect match for her.

Alyce soon invited her daughter, Beverly Lewis, to attend the health education lectures with her. Beverly, owner of Insurance Services of Monroe, LLC, recently completed a two-year program at the New England School of Homeopathy. She studies herbal and naturopathic medicine and is a Reiki Master. After that first health education lecture, she instantly made a decision to become involved with the Auxiliary. In 2009 she became a member of the Health Education committee with her mother and in 2010 was asked to serve on the Board of Managers. Beverly currently serves on several committees and her leadership skills complement her knowledge of health-related issues.

Working in tandem to support YNHH is “a special time for us to be together,” said Alyce. “The Auxiliary is a wonderful organization,” added Bev. “And the programs we support help thousands of patients, which provides such a satisfying feeling for Mom and myself."