National Volunteer Week
Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We describe our volunteers as an extra special group of committed citizens. They help improve the quality of life of those in their end-of-life journey, directly through patient care and indirectly by supporting those who provide the care. We take National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017, to recognize this selfless group of people who come together for our mission, to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. So to our dedicated and passionate volunteer team, we thank you for all you do. Our volunteers are walking “angels” who spread love, provide support and lend a hand that is always appreciated and needed!
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Facts and Figures reports, “The U.S. hospice movement was founded by volunteers and there is continued commitment to volunteer service. In fact, hospice is unique in that it is the only provider whose Medicare Conditions of Participation requires volunteers to provide at least 5% of total patient care hours.” We appreciate our Hospice of Southern Illinois’ volunteers because in addition to them sharing their time and talents, they gave over 9,700 hours of their time, in 2016, to change the world. Our volunteers go above and beyond the national requirements because they know what they do makes a huge impact on our patients and families. The difference they make is immeasurable. The smiles on our patients faces, the relief our families describe, and the requests made from staff are constant affirmation that our volunteers are so significant to our goals of care.
Hospice of Southern Illinois is your community not-for-profit hospice program serving 27 counties in southern Illinois since 1981. To learn more about our volunteer programs, how volunteers play a role in the circle of care, or to become a volunteer for Hospice of Southern Illinois, visit our website, www.hospice.org/volunteer/, or contact Shelly Black or Sally Koval, 618-235-1703, or Rita Spiller or Donna Cunetto, 618-997-3030.