“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back. “– Denzel Washington
Annually in April, Hospice of Southern Illinois recognizes a special group of over 300 volunteers who donate countless hours to support our mission, to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. In 2018, the volunteer teams logged 10,873 hours. Denzel Washington said it best, “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Another outstanding achievement we are proud to share is that 8% of volunteer hours were related to direct patient care. Medicare requires that 5% of volunteer hours are patient care and the volunteers surpassed this regulation. Thank you to the volunteers who, collectively, worked to give over 10,000 hours and contribute to that milestone. We appreciate those who go above and beyond, with compassion, lifting up patients, their families, and Hospice of Southern Illinois’ employees.
We take this opportunity to thank the entire volunteer team, name our 100 Hour Club Volunteers, and highlight six very special volunteers who receive the prestigious, Butterfly Award. The Butterfly Award recipients’ roles and talents are as varied as the needs of patients, families and staff. Here is a peek into how they donated their time and talents.
Butterfly Award Recipients
- Connie Galloway from DuQuoin, IL. Connie accepting her award said, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it.” Connie visits multiple patients and is always willing to drive several miles to visit patients in other towns, near or far. She assisted with fundraisers and excels at encouraging others to give and donate. Last year she volunteered 61.5 hours.
- Barb Soto from Herrin, IL. Barb works tirelessly at all of our events. She is usually one of the first volunteers to arrive, willing to do any job or task she is assigned, and last to leave, assisting with clean-up and follow-through. Barb heads up the Volunteer Craft Group. With an eye and talent for crafting, she works with a committee to make everything come to fruition. Barb contributed 74 hours in 2018. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend the dinner, but when texted a photo of the award, she said, “Oh no. Me? I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there. Thank you. I am really surprised.”
- Dana Penrose from DeSoto, IL. A registered nurse, who works part-time and then devotes the rest of his time to his Hospice of Southern Illinois’ patients, Dana spends hours with patients and always goes the extra mile to make sure all of his patients’ needs are met. Dana also has a passion for the We Honor Veterans program, helping with the Veterans’ Honor Flights. We sent Dana a picture of his award and he commented, “Wow, I can’t believe this, this is quite an honor.” Dana volunteered 80 hours this year.
- Elaine Behrmann from Albers, IL – Volunteering for 15 years, Elaine is a tremendous advocate for Hospice of Southern Illinois in her community. She can be seen volunteering at community events, fundraisers, parades, visiting patients, and sitting vigilance. We value volunteers, like Elaine, who display compassion towards all their patients and vow to ensure they don’t die alone.
- Judy Wild from Waterloo, IL – Longtime volunteer of 18 years, Judy is enthusiastic, positive, a leader, and dedicated. This volunteer reports weekly to the office to file, is an active member in the Adventure Committee, participates in community events, and visits patients. The team comments, “This volunteer is always willing to help out with any tasks asked. Very friendly, reliable, and pleasant to be around. This volunteer continues to do more and more.”
- Melissa McArthur from O’Fallon, IL – Melissa documented 141 hours in 2018, and 380 hours since becoming a volunteer in 2012. A true gem with a gentle personality and caring heart, Melissa participates in the craft group, community and fundraising events, is a pet therapy escort, sits vigilance, and visits patients. Her colleagues describe her as: “This volunteer can often be seen at facilities including other residents in the activity she is doing with her patient. This volunteer brings joy to all those around her.”
100 Hour Club
Volunteers who donate over 100 hours to Hospice of Southern Illinois.
|Jerry Altepeter||Barb Kunstman||Linda Powers|
|Ellen Bogacki||Beth Hamer||Linda Sauzek|
|Amber Bramlet||JoAnn Lunk||Jane Stalker|
|Ernie Brasher||Bonnie Maller||June Stukenberg|
|Virginia Downing||Pat Maroon||Adrienne Villotti|
|Linda Duncan||Melissa McArthur||Linda Vonderharr|
|Linda Florreich||Cathy Mitchell||Joyce Walton|
|Betty Franke||Jeanne Nyberg||Tina Wiegmann|
|Mary Frett||Brenda O’Connor||Judy Wild|
|Sandy Johnson||Susan O’Mara|
Hospice of Southern Illinois, your burgundy team, is a not-for-profit hospice program providing end-of-life care locally since 1981. To join this special group of people or learn more about volunteering, click here.