National Volunteer Week is April 10 - 16, a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of people who give selflessly of their time and talents in service to others. Nowhere is this volunteer presence more important than in our nation's hospice and palliative care programs.
Care Initiatives Hospice has trained volunteers dedicated to ensuring those in Dysart and surrounding communities have the support they need when facing the journey at life's end. This journey can be a lonely, frightening, and unfamiliar experience. Knowing that there is a caring volunteer to give a hand, lend an ear, and share his or her heart can make all the difference to patients and families. In fact, nationwide, more than 550,000 volunteers give 25 million hours of service every year.
Hospice volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. They join the mission of hospice and palliative care to bring comfort, dignity and peace to help people live life to the fullest, leaving loved ones with memories they can treasure.
I encourage others to learn more about hospice and volunteer opportunities by contacting Care Initiatives Hospice at 319-232-6148.
Chelsea Roskens, Volunteer Coordinator
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