Summer 2018 Volunteer of the Quarter
Bob Seidenberg has been a La Pine community member for just over a year. In that time, he’s made huge strides as a member of the La Pine Band of Brothers, a community-minded organization of Veterans helping other Veterans. Bob also volunteers with one of the local cub scout troops, among other neighborly projects he takes on. In March of this year, the Volunteer Coordinator finally got Bob to consider volunteering for Heart ‘n Home with one phrase, “Bob, we need you.”
Since then, Bob has not missed a single Veteran Pinning Ceremony for our Veteran patients. His special attention to the importance of honoring fellow Veterans, as well as their spouses, has transformed the ceremonies from a small, quiet meeting of a few staff members into an event ending in pinning the patient not only as an appreciated Veteran, but as an honorary member of the Band of Brothers.
The passion and empathy Bob shows to our Veteran Hospice Patients is anything but the expected stoicism one might imagine. Instead, Bob brings a tenderness to his patients. As a La Pine Volunteer, Bob doesn’t mind traveling more than 60 miles round trip to visit a Bend patient for an hour every week. Although his account of the visits are simple, it’s easy to read between the lines. They “guy talk” he provides is exactly what his patients need. You might hear Bob say, “Well that’s what I would want if I were in his position.” Bob is a walking, talking example of the golden rule and we at Heart ‘n Home are honored to have him on our team. Thank you, Bob!