National Volunteer Week is April 21 – 27, 2013 and Hospice of the Chesapeake is honoring its core of dedicated volunteers who provide support, companionship and dignity to members of the community facing serious and life-limiting illness.
“We could not do the work we do without the gifts of time and talent from our hospice volunteers who support our organization and walk with patients and families during the journey at life’s end,” said Michael McHale, President and CEO, Hospice of the Chesapeake
Here in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties, hundreds of volunteers provide thousands of hours per year to help Hospice of the Chesapeake care for patients and families in the community.
Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more.
Hospice and palliative care volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 450,000 hospice volunteers providing more than 21 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. More than 1.65 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.
For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.hospicechesapeake.org.