Celebrating Heart 'n Home Volunteers - Heart 'n Home Hospice & Palliative Care, LLC

Celebrating Heart ‘n Home Volunteers

When you think of a guardian angel, what comes to mind? Do you think of protection during danger? A guide? Someone watching over you? Who is your guardian angel? Terri Guillemets said, “Volunteers wear working boots, but leave a trail of angel footsteps.” To us at Heart ‘n Home, our Volunteers are a very special kind of guardian angels. Throughout their efforts, our Volunteers have left their angel footsteps in the hearts of our patients across Southwestern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Central Oregon. Minute by minute, hour by hour, mile by mile, each of them has changed lives and comforted our patients as they take their final journey in life.

Heart ‘n Home Volunteers are special people. They have a different perspective on serving the community. Each of them understands that there are two simple truths that exist with any thriving and successful society found in today’s world. The first is how we as adults take care of and teach our children. The second is how we respond and take care of our elderly population.

Those at the end of life have a significant impact on all of us through their stories. Through volunteering, our Volunteers ensuring that those who have come before us are not forgotten. Also, that those who helped us get to where we are today, are still valued. These brave individuals also provide us the opportunity to forget about ourselves and serve them. They are truly inspiring.

Throughout the history of Heart ‘n Home and the history of hospice, Volunteers have always been at the center of how we affirm the lives of our patients. We never would have imagined a time would come when it would not be safe to send Volunteers out and we would need to limit contact with our patients. That is where we have been during this COVID pandemic. In an effort to protect our patients, we have really limited the face-to-face contact with our patients to as few individuals as possible.

We have been incredibly humbled and in awe of the desire, each of our Volunteers has to serve. Many of them have looked for ways to continue to serve while our face-to-face visits are on hold. So many Volunteers have sewn masks, written letters, drawn pictures, put together flower arrangements, participated in drive-by parades, and so much more! Our Volunteers have brought smiles to our patients’ and communities’ faces during a time when too many people feel isolated.

From the bottom of our hearts each of us at Heart ‘n Home, says thank you. This month we have an opportunity to recognize you with National Volunteer Week – know that we do not think of you in anything, but angelic terms. We love our Volunteers. We honor them. We are privileged to watch their impact and know we could not do this work without them.

If you would like to know more about how you can make an impact by Volunteering with Heart ‘n Home, contact us today!

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Hospice Volunteers: Creating Legacies One Patient at a Time

Hospice Volunteers: Creating Legacies One Patient at a Time

“We make a living from what we earn. We make a life from what we give. What we do for ourselves dies with us but what we do for others’ lives forever.” Winston Churchill.
National Volunteer Appreciation Week

At Heart ‘n Home, our Volunteers often express joy and fulfillment from spending time with our patients. They say that volunteering with Heart ‘n Home gives them a greater sense of purpose, that it feels good to give back, and that volunteering for hospice makes them feel like they’re making an important contribution to humankind. That’s why Heart ‘n Home will be front and center April 6-12 to recognize, reward and celebrate the astonishing efforts of our Volunteers, who create lasting legacies every day, every time, with every patient.

Without Volunteers, Heart ‘n Home would be unable to meet all of the needs of our patients, families and community. We can’t imagine even one moment without their skillful hearts and hands. With Heart ‘n Home having more than 200 active hospice Volunteers in Idaho and Oregon, our patients and families are well taken care of.  In 2013, they drove nearly 100,000 miles and donated almost 15,000 hours for patients and families. To say we have reason to celebrate is quite an understatement. Thank you, Heart ‘n Home Volunteers!

National Volunteer Week is also about inspiring and encouraging more people to get involved. Volunteers are at the center of social change and progress worldwide. Some choose to travel to faraway lands to serve in remote villages and war-torn cities. But right here in our community, simple things like vacuuming a home, or walking a dog, helping to write letters or just watching a movie together will create a lasting legacy for a Heart ‘n Home patient and family. According to Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, “When you focus on helping others you are less likely to focus on your own troubles. And if your volunteer work happens to be with people who are ill, disabled or underprivileged, it can put challenges in your own life in perspective.”

At Heart ‘n Home, our mission is “Affirming life by providing emotional, physical and spiritual support to our patients and to those who love and care for them.” If that appeals to you, tell us about the lasting legacies you’d like to create for a hospice patient and family.

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Scholarships Awarded to High School Students

Scholarships Awarded to High School Students

Heart ‘n Home is passionate about giving back to the community we live and work in.  Each year we donate monies back into our community to support youth development, community support, elderly development, and bereavement/tragedy support.   This year we were able to give over $8,000 in scholarship monies to these local students.  They were required to commit to one hour per week of patient care and submit an essay at the end of the year.

CICELY AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Allysha Yasuda, Fruitland High School, $1,500
  • Trevor Finch, Fruitland High School, $1,500
  • Mikaela Ratcliff, Emmett High School, $1,250
  • Jasmin Herrera, Fruitland High School, $1,250
  • Kailee Garner, Fruitland High School, $1,000
  • Anna Ramirez, Fruitland High School, $500
  • Trista Goodenough, Weiser High School, $100
  • Falyn Henry, Emmett High School, $100

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICES SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Kelsie Hammer, Caldwell Office, $750
  • Sofia Broadbent, Meridian Office, $750

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience. There are hundreds of different reasons why people decide to donate their time. What will yours be?

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