Make a Difference. Volunteer!
You can make a difference in the lives of people who are facing end-of-life illnesses and their families and friends. Many people enjoy volunteering at Hospice. There are many ways to volunteer at Hospice.
You can volunteer to:
- Visit patients
- Read to patients
- Sing to patients
- Run errands for patients and their families
- Help in meal preparation
- Do light cleaning and vacuuming for patients
- Do maintenance work at the Hospice facility
- Be a greeter at the Hospice House
- Decorate for different seasons
- Shred, file, and do other office-type duties
- Help with mailings
- Water and take care of the plants at Hospice House, both inside and outside
- No experience is required to become a volunteer, just an interest in helping others.
- Those interested must first complete free Hospice volunteer training.
- Following completion of training, the volunteer will meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss their areas of interest and expertise.
Throughout the year, Hospice holds several dinners for volunteers and staff. These fun events are a great way for volunteers to get to know each other and to interact with staff members. Hospice also schedules monthly In-Service meetings on a wide variety of interesting topics that are also open to volunteers.
"I have a plaque on my wall that I read every day. It says, 'I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives.' This reminds me of all of you."
Thanks to our Many Volunteers
Due to the pandemic, Hospice hasn't been able to host the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner this year. However, Hospice wants our valued volunteers to know the staff really misses seeing them and is looking forward to when volunteer efforts can resume.
Hospice volunteers make a difference! Just a few of the many things that are missed:
--Volunteers greeting visitors as they enter the building.
--The wonderful smells coming from the kitchen as volunteers prepare meals.
--The smiling faces of volunteers as they work around the building.
Volunteers are a vital part of the Hospice Care Team. They reflect the faces of caring that is in our community. By sharing their time, energy, and talents, volunteers positively impact the lives of those in need. Thank you!
Leonard named "Hospice Volunteer of the Year"
Danny Leonard of Ottumwa has been named the 2020 "Volunteer of the Year" for Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
Danny has been a Hospice volunteer since 2013. He has volunteered to provide in-home visits, including visiting with patients while their spouse ran errands and did shopping, and for about the last two years did weekly safety inspections at the Hospice facility. Among the things he checked were the generator engine, safety lights, fire extinguishers, and the building exterior.
“I really got involved with Hospice in 2016 after my dad passed away. He was a Hospice patient,” Leonard said. “I liked the way that the Hospice staff took care of people in their time of need, not just the patients but their family members as well.”
“I don’t know if I deserve this award, but it is an honor to be chosen,” Leonard continued. “I was really surprised.”
"Danny is one of our many outstanding volunteers," said Angie Rozenboom, Hospice Executive Director. "He has generously assisted us in numerous ways over the years. He always has a smile for everyone he comes into contact with."