Why I Volunteer by Judy Baccei

Name: Judy Baccei

Hometown: Connecticut.

Where do you live?: Hilton Head Plantation

How long have you volunteered at VIM?:   14 and a half years

What is your role at VIM?: Greeter on the appointment side.  My husband, Lou, does the same job in the afternoon clinic.    

Professional background:  B.S in early childhood education MS in administration and supervision.  Taught primary grades in Maryland, New York, and Connecticut

Why do you volunteer at VIM?: The clinic is such a wonderful place to be.  The volunteers and staff are always upbeat and show how much they love being a part of the VIM community.  For me, I love interacting with different patient personalities.  I feel I make a difference in their lives by treating them with the respect they deserve.  Working with Stan, who sets the tone of the clinic, makes the clinic work like a well-oiled machine.  I enjoy the feeling of helping people who can do nothing for me in return.  I have been blessed and feel I am giving something back for those blessings.   

Why should people volunteer at VIM?: The feelings of helping others is something others should experience.  You feel good both inside and out.  Being a part of the VIM community gives you an opportunity to meet many interesting patients and many other volunteers with whom, over time, you make lasting friendships. Everyone who volunteers at VIM is there because they want to be there and it is very apparent by their energy level and enthusiasm. 


Why I Volunteer by Cynthia Carlson

Name: Cynthia Carlson

Hometown: Charleston, S.C.

Where do you live?: Windmill Harbour

How long have you volunteered at VIM?:   Five years

What is your role at VIM?: Pharmacy Department

Professional background:  Registered pharmacist

Why do you volunteer at VIM?: I like helping people to live a healthy and happier life.

Why should people volunteer at VIM?: It is so helpful to our community.

VIM-HHI Mourns Passing of Board Member Heberton

Bill Heberton, VIM board member, passes away at 87

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is mourning the passing of board member, Bill Heberton, who passed away June 6 at the age of 87. A member of the finance committee, he joined the board of directors in 2013. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen, as well as five children.

Bill began with the clinic as a volunteer about nine years ago before transitioning to the board of directors. His first volunteer job was as a greeter. He then became an appointment reminder caller, prior to helping out in the development office.

Our executive director, Dr. Raymond L. Cox spoke highly of Bill and his contributions to our clinic. “Bill was a kind, insightful and patient person. His commitment to Volunteers in Medicine was unwavering.”

Cox added that “Bill’s intellect, humility and quick wit will be sorely missed. He will remain a valued link in our Circle of Caring.”

His passions included golf, including memberships at Hilton Head National and Dolphin Head, where he was a board president for two years. He was active with the Special Olympics of Georgia. Bill introduced golf to that organization through active work with the Atlanta Chapter and helped organize outings and tournaments. In addition to working with the clinic, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, helping build a house for First Presbyterian Church.

A native of Philadelphia, he was a successful businessman including owning the Jim Dandy Co. and consulting in the pet food industry before retiring to Hilton Head. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1952 and received an MBA from Drexel.