April 19-25, 2020 is National Volunteer Week, an annual observance that honors the people who make a difference with their actions every day. This week, the contributions of volunteers will be celebrated by individuals and organizations all over the nation, shining a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve.
At United Hospice, volunteers form an incredible force, providing a variety of services that impact hospice patients and their families. Volunteers help support individuals and families in need of hospice care. They provide direct care, such as companionship, errands, pet therapy, caregiver respite, and other services. Volunteers are also a key ingredient in how United Hospice serves the community through administrative and fundraising assistance. Whether they are giving a hand to an individual at a time of need, or answering phones and doing data entry, volunteers make a difference and set an amazing example.
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 and has grown exponentially, highlighting the good deeds of others and providing more opportunities to serve. In uncertain and challenging times, such as our present reality with the coronavirus pandemic, bright, shining examples of volunteerism are all around us. We see this light every week and every day.
We honor volunteers — both at United Hospice and all over the country. We thank them for their selfless and tireless work and encourage others to follow their example. Often, our volunteers tell us that they receive more than they give. This is the beauty of service. Helping others truly is its own reward.
United Hospice has volunteer opportunities for direct care, non-direct care, and community service. For more information on how you can volunteer with UH, please visit our Volunteer page.