Nov 2, 2016

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Do You Volunteer Anywhere?

volunteersVolunteering your time for the good of others is an amazing thing. Don’t you think? I sure do. I don’t like to think of myself as selfish, but I suppose I am. Once I look at my commitments to family and work and then look at the time that’s left all I really want to do is sit on the couch in my fat clothes and watch TV and relax. But on those occasions when I do volunteer, whether it’s at church or at the school, I really enjoy it. I get energy and joy from it.

I have friends and family who spend numerous hours giving back in ways that they love and enjoy. And recently, I met Don; he is a volunteer at Hospice of Pella and is Pella Regional’s 2016 Hospice Volunteer of the Year. Here is his story:

Don King started volunteering about 2 years ago. His primary role is to transport patients to various appointments and sometimes getting needed medications or equipment.

“When I moved here, I was looking for something that I would enjoy and would also help people,” said Don. “I find it rewarding to help those who are in a difficult situation.”

The Hospice Volunteer Training Class is a requirement of volunteering at Hospice of Pella and Don found a lot of value in the class. “”We explored what those facing death may experience and feel, what their family and friends may experience and feel, and what we might do to support them,” said Don.

Don emphasized that those interested in and skilled at providing emotional and spiritual support directly to patients and families will find opportunities to do that, and those interested in more indirect support roles will find opportunities to be helpful in other ways. “Taking the class doesn’t mean you have to volunteer,” said Don. “But you learn so much and that experience can help you decide if volunteering at hospice may be right for you.”

Volunteers serve in many capacities within Hospice of Pella. Volunteers provide companionship for patients and relief for caregivers by letting them take a break from the bedside. They help with transportation needs, including errands and rides to and from appointments. Their role is instrumental in the care of patients and families in hospice care.

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