The Annual Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award winners were announced this week at the Clinical Team Conference in Grapevine, TX. This year’s recipients of the Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards were:
Patient and Family Service Award:
Hospice of the East Bay, Pleasant Hill, California.
As a volunteer with 31 years of service, Kay Aaker has generously supported patients in every possible capacity at the end of their lives. In 2014, Kay devoted 1,550 hours as a patient support, vigil and administrative volunteer. Her greatest impact though is not in numbers but in how she has touched the hearts of the many patients with whom she has sat quietly at the bedside, held a hand, or whispered that she was there for them.
Specialized Service Award:
Hospice of Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas.
Instilled with a natural sense of “doing for others,” Lubbock native Bonnie Hunt attended Hospice of Lubbock’s first volunteer class in 1987. She set out to find a unique way to support those receiving hospice care and began creating festive care baskets – filled with homemade cookies, treats and decorations – to be delivered to hospice families. Bonnie has donated over 5,040 care baskets throughout the past 28 years. She has also sewn 213 teddy bears made from patient’s clothing as part of the hospice’s Memory Bear program.
Organizational Support Award:
Penn Wissahickon Hospice, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
With help from the local community and support from Penn hospice, Timothy took part in the organization of an interdisciplinary revitalization of an underutilized children’s room at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia. The project brought together over 85 volunteers from schools and organizations across Philadelphia to create a safe place and creative space for children whose families were receiving hospice care.
Young Leader Award:
Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, Georgia.
At just 16 years old and despite his own medical challenges, Christopher lives by setting a powerful, yet simple example – he puts others first. Along with his service dog, Bronx, he has volunteered at Hospice of the Golden Isles for almost two years bringing comfort and friendship to hospice patients. He champions multiple community outreach projects and is an inspiration to those he encounters, while facing chronic illness.
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