“Destiny is not necessarily what we get out of life, but rather, what we give.” – Cary Grant
That giving nature Cary Grant spoke of is what helps make Hospice of the East Bay thrive, and the organization is pleased to acknowledge it. Hospice honored its volunteers with a reception and awards ceremony this past month.
“The appreciation event was an opportunity to thank all our outstanding volunteers for the work they do all year long,” said Hospice of the East Bay CEO Cindy Hatton. “Volunteers do everything from providing hospice patients companionship and support to helping with home maintenance and repair to sorting merchandise at one of our six thrift stores.”
Volunteers have been an essential part of Hospice of the East Bay from its beginnings in 1977. At that time, all medical and support staff were volunteers who worked out of donated office space. Over the years, demand for services has grown, along with the staff needed to provide those services. Today, Hospice has nearly 300 volunteers who are, as in the beginning, essential members of the care team. By volunteering, these important people find a way to demonstrate their concern for others and gain a sense of satisfaction from supporting the valuable work of Hospice of the East Bay.
“Why do I volunteer for Hospice of the East Bay? I feel respected and valued as a Hospice volunteer – just as important as an employee,” said Bruns House volunteer Nan Karns. “If I can make one moment more pleasant for a patient, then I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make a difference.”
For more information on volunteering for Hospice of the East Bay, call 925-887-5678 and ask for the Volunteer Department, or e-mail email@example.com.
Established in 1977, Hospice of the East Bay is a not-for-profit agency that helps people cope with life-limiting illnesses by providing medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support for patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more, or to make a donation of time or money, please call 925-887-5678, or visit www.hospiceeastbay.org.