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National Healthcare Volunteer Week

          This week we pause to join in National celebrations for honoring all of the amazing work our volunteers do.  Volunteers are the heart and soul of hospice- our movement was originally started in the United States by those willing to give freely of their time and efforts to provide a better end-of-life experience for those who needed it the most.  It is this compassion and service that continues to infuse our care today.  Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is very proud of our 800+ active volunteers who provided more than 60,000 hours of service last year.  Volunteers who visit weekly to hold a patient’s hand, listen to a life story, or assist with a legacy project can help bring comfort to those who are afraid or lonely.  Volunteers who provide respite for a family member who cares for the patient around the clock help prevent caregiver burnout.  Volunteers who serve in our offices to assemble home charts, make bereavement calls, unpack medical supplies, and complete bereavement mailings ensure that our patients and families have what they need. We simply could not do what we do without them.

          I have the privilege of meeting every volunteer as they complete their hospice training. Each volunteer is interested in hospice volunteering for different reasons, but all of them share a strong desire to serve others. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have different interests, but they all make a commitment to complete training and background checks just to be able to give of their time and energy to someone in need.  We appreciate our volunteers each and every day, but we especially recognize them this week  along with our 31 amazing volunteer coordinators and managers who support them on a daily basis.

 “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”  ~Elizabeth Andrew