It’s National Volunteer Week

To the editor:

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), I’d like to include my thanks and gratitude to our very special hospice volunteers at UnityPoint Hospice (formerly Trinity Hospice) and the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. As you can see, our name may have changed, but the compassion and legacy of our volunteers remain the same.

Since 1983, we have had hundreds of wonderful individuals in our community who have given of their time and talents serving our hospice patients and families in many different ways. Some of our volunteers work directly with patients, visiting with them, reading to them, and providing respite care. Some share talents making quilts or meals, or helping with our Angel Hands program that provides a hand cast keepsake to family members. Other volunteers choose to support the mission of hospice by assisting with fundraising efforts – such as our annual hospice ball, clerical work and general support.

Whatever your talent or time, UnityPoint Hospice offers many different opportunities and levels of commitment for volunteers to help.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are more than 450,000 trained hospice volunteers contributing more than 21 million hours annually to hospice organizations across the country. As more Americans elect palliative and hospice care, the need for volunteers will continue to grow.

Many of our volunteers feel inspired and gratified to serve our hospice patients and families. We are so grateful and thankful for their help. If you are interested in becoming a UnityPoint Hospice volunteer, call 574-8511 for more information.

Julie Junkman

Clinical manager

UnityPoint Hospice

Fort Dodge