KeyBank employees volunteer at Hospice Buffalo

KeyBank volunteers work at Hospice Buffalo on the afternoon of May 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
KeyBank volunteers work at Hospice Buffalo on the afternoon of May 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A group of volunteers from KeyBank spent the afternoon at Hospice Buffalo Wednesday as part of the bank’s 27th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day.

The volunteers planted flowers and cared for the garden beds at the Como Park Boulevard campus.

“Our families love to look out onto the gardens as do our patients.  Every patient room looks out to a garden so it’s nice to be able to spruce up the campus and give them that feeling of peace and serenity when they look out the windows,” said Linda Ratajczak Facilities Coordinator at Hospice Buffalo.

“It would almost be near impossible without having to hire somebody.  We have groups that come throughout the summer, KeyBank being one of them, and these types of things are invaluable to us,” added Ratajczak.

The 15 volunteers working at Hospice Buffalo joined 7,000 bank employees in receiving paid time off to volunteer in the neighborhoods where they live and work.  The bank expects volunteer hours to total more than 28,000.

Neighbors Make the Difference Day launched in 1991, with a group of KeyBank employees in Alaska who volunteered for service projects.