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Mr. Spiro Ballas

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Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: (973) ***-****  HQ Phone
Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center
95 Old Short Hills Road
West Orange , New Jersey 07052
United States


Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Rider University
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InnerVoice Magazine | Paul Castiglia, 30 July 2012 [cached]
It was started by a man named Spiro Ballas a few years back. Spiro is the Volunteer Coordinator at Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care in West Orange, New Jersey. He's also a huge comic book fan and collector. He decided to combine the love of his hobby with a chance to raise funds for the needs of the Hospice volunteers and the families they help through the program. I became involved when my wife saw an internet article about Spiro's charity.
At first it was just a way to donate comics and clear some clutter, but then I thought that perhaps my standing as a comics pro could be an extra draw for Spiro's sales. It went so well that Spiro decided to expand to include a variety of comics creators at each show.
Mr. Spiro Ballas, Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Spiro Ballas, Senior ..., 16 Oct 2008 [cached]
Spiro Ballas, Senior Volunteer Coordinator, SBHPCC, has witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact volunteers and therapy animals have on both patients and families.
PACKETONLINE News Classifieds Entertainment Business - Princeton and Central New Jersey - Entertainment - 12/21/2005 - Holiday Music with Heart, 21 Dec 2005 [cached]
"They can all be supported during this time of transition," says Spiro Ballas, a Pennington resident who makes an hour-plus commute to West Orange to work as volunteer coordinator for Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center."Hospice provides the opportunity to have somebody else help the patient, to give the caregiver a rest.Hospice workers stay with the patient so the family members can go out for a while.Plus it's a new person to help everyone understand the process that's going on."But," he continues, "hospice is often under-funded."To give a little aid to those who provide comfort, Mr. Ballas has produced a limited edition two-CD set of mostly original Christmas and Hanukkah music, Holiday Heart (Volunteer Records).
The benefit CDs are an independent project for the music-loving Mr. Ballas, who used to publish The Splatter Effect, an alternative music magazine."I stayed away from music for a while until I started to put together the first CD," he says.
"Some of the local bands submitted material once I got the word out that I was looking," Mr. Ballas says.
"I think the Terri Schiavo (case) taught us how important it is to talk about end-of-life issues with family members, before such concerns are forced upon us," Mr. Ballas says."It would be good if understanding hospice could be part of the conversation."Mr. Ballas came to work at St. Barnabas in a roundabout way.He has a degree from Rider University and was, at first, more interested in music, pop culture and publishing.However, a combination of circumstances caused him to fold the magazine.Refocusing his life, Mr. Ballas grew more interested in counseling and for a while was in the master's program at Rider in counseling services.But it was through volunteer work at Cabrini Hospice in New York City that he decided to concentrate on bereavement and loss and ended up at St. Barnabas."I realized hospice was where I wanted to go, so I found this position and I've been happy ever since," Mr. Ballas says.
Spiro Ballas, SBHPCC ..., 22 July 2011 [cached]
Spiro Ballas, SBHPCC Volunteer Coordinator, came up with the idea to sell comic books from the radio. "I heard the commercial for Kars-For-Kids on the radio, and figured if people donate cars, perhaps they would do the same with comics," he said. Since its …
Hip, Original Holiday Tunes Bring Joy -- and Raise Awareness About Hospice Services, 28 Nov 2005 [cached]
According to Spiro Ballas, Senior Volunteer Coordinator at Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center (SBHPCC), his holiday music compilation entitled "Holiday Heart" goes a long way toward spreading cheer, raising awareness about end-of-life care, and raising funds to benefit people and families dealing with advanced disease.
He explains, "Hospice gives tremendous support to patients and families during one of the most challenging times of their lives.
For more information about "Holiday Heart" or about volunteer opportunities at SBHPCC, call Mr. Ballas at 973-322-4866.
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