Mark Van Summern, of Westport, has received the D.O.V.E. (Dedicated to Outstanding Volunteer Excellence) award from Masonicare Home Health & Hospice for his volunteerism for the program.

He has been volunteering for the program since 2008 through the company's Norwalk location, and has remained with the same hospice patient for all of that time, visiting the man at the facility where he is a resident.

Masonicare is a Wallingford-based, not-for-profit provider of provider of health-care and retirement living communities for seniors with 11 facilities throughout Connecticut.

For information on Masonicare's hospice program or to learn how you can become a volunteer, call 203-831-8882.