We are happy to report that Ella, an excellent Volunteer for Heart ‘n Home in Fruitland, Idaho has been chosen as the Hospice Volunteer of the Month for March 2012! Ella has been volunteering since July of 2010 and she currently visits three patients. She can be found doing everything from providing companionship to running errands to rolling hair in curlers for her Fruitland neighbors. Ella notes she especially likes sharing in the stories and the experiences of the people she visits. She states she gets to “meet interesting people” and she likes helping others, doing even little things for them.
Ella first came to know Heart ‘n Home because they cared for her husband approximately six years ago. She notes that there were not as many Volunteers in the beginning and thinks it is wonderful to see that there is more help now for patients and families. She began volunteering because she had first cared for her mother, followed by her neighbor. After that, she figured she could help others just as easily.
Ella enjoys spending time with her family; she has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who visit from out of state when they are able. Ella also enjoys reading just about anything and, once she is finished, she enjoys sharing books with others by passing them along. She also states she, “always enjoys visiting with others.” Ella likes to stay busy. She worked for the Payette, Idaho schools for 36 years and now looks forward to giving her time to volunteering.
With a cheery disposition and smile always on her face, Ella is a wonderful Fruitland Hospice Volunteer for Heart ‘n Home. She willingly gives in various ways to multiple people and her dedication to volunteering is admirable. Thank you, Ella! We appreciate you!