Shooting Stars of Hospice of Southern Illinois
April is Volunteer Month
Annually in April, Hospice of Southern Illinois recognizes a special group of over 250 volunteers who donate countless hours to support patients, families, staff, and the community. In 2017, the volunteer teams logged 10,969 hours. “Actions speak louder than words,” is a famous quote that describes these “shooting stars” of the organization. They shine bright with leadership and go above and beyond with compassion, similarly like stars in the sky are bright and shine above us. Another outstanding achievement Hospice of Southern Illinois is proud to share, is that 9% of volunteer hours were related to direct patient care. Medicare requires that 5% of volunteer hours are patient care and the volunteers almost doubled this regulation. Thank you to the volunteers who come together, shine bright and go above and beyond to support Hospice of Southern Illinois’ mission, to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness.
Volunteers are a valued team in Hospice of Southern Illinois’ circle of care. Their roles and talents are as varied as the needs of patients, families and staff. Here are just a few ways individuals can donate their time and talent:
- Listen, read, talk, sing or write to patients
- Offer support or hold a patient’s hand
- Make gifts for patients
- Bake or photograph for fundraisers
- File, record or enter data
- Host an informational booth
- Make phone calls
- Walk and be advocates in a parade
- Plan an event or assist with a fundraiser
- Veteran-to-Veteran Fellowship
- Just be there
We are certain that you will agree with current volunteers in that they receive much more than they give.
To speak with the volunteer department about joining this special group of people, contact us today: Belleville, contact Shelly Black or Sally Koval, 618-235-1703, (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com), or Marion, contact Rita Spiller or Donna Cunetto, 618-997-3030, (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).