Once upon a time, Genele Busha decided she wanted to give some of her time to help others - that was 6,000 service hours ago.

She went to work as a volunteer at Cottonwood Hospital in 1975, and she has come to symbolize the value of volunteers to the hospital staff."She is one of the best all-around public relations persons the hospital has because she's sensitive to the needs of incoming patients, visitors and families," said volunteer coordinator Barbara Harris.

Busha began her hospital voluntarism in the newborn nursery. "She was so outstanding in helping there," Harris said, "that she now has a part-time job there." But she continues to volunteer in other capacities.

Busha trains other volunteers; has served on the hospital auxiliary board; and, despite family health problems, has been dedicated and dependable.

"Her service and caring attitude is a perfect example of how each individual volunteer makes a difference in our community," Harris concluded.

If you'd like to inquire about, or volunteer for, any of the following requests, call the Voluntary Action Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 13th South, 486-2136.