John Gunther: First impression inspires volunteer

John Gunther

John Gunther

For John Gunther, the decision to volunteer at Christian Health Care Center was easy.

“When you visit the Center and witness the dedicated employees and see the beautiful campus, it’s very easy to raise your hand and say, ‘Yes! I want to get involved.’ “

Mr. Gunther serves on the Golf Classic and Foundation Events Steering committees and is also a friendly volunteer at The David F. Bolger Post-acute Care Unit (PACU).

“I was aware of Christian Health Care Center because the Center is actively engaged in the same local Bergen community that I work and live in.” says the Glen Rock resident. “My formal introduction to the Center was in 2005 by my dear friend, the late David Krentel who served as the Foundation Executive Director until his sudden passing in January of this year. He was so proud of the Center. He encouraged me to come for a visit.”

The first area that Mr. Gunther, a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley’s Paramus office, visited that day was PACU.

“My first few visits to the Christian Health Care Center were so positive and really motivated me to find a way to become an active volunteer” he says. “I was so impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the employees. I sensed that the patients appreciated the care they were receiving and were committed to recovering so they could return to the place that they call home.”

The more Mr. Gunther volunteered at the Center, the greater his appreciation of the organization grew and the more he felt like part of the CHCC family.

“The Center has a continued commitment to excellence,” he explains. “Strong Christian values are at the center of everything we do, and those values are what make us unique.”

Like most volunteers, Mr. Gunther, who also serves as the community service coordinator for his office and as the head football coach for the Glen Rock Junior Football program, feels that he receives more than he gives.

“I enjoy seeing the work and the time that I put in benefiting the Center, whether it’s via my participation on the Golf Committee or the Foundation Events Steering Committee,” he says. “What I enjoy the most is visiting PACU patients and letting them know that we really care about them and that their recovery is just as important to us as it is to them.”

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