Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Importance of Volunteers

This fact may startle you: 5% of hospice services must be performed by volunteers in order to get Medicare reimbursement. That can add up when hospices like ours cover 27 counties in an area. Some hospices cover even more! This is why volunteering is so important. We need people who have a passion for passionate care at the end-of-life because without people like you we could not make services like hospice available to terminally ill people regardless of age or ability to pay. You heard it right; we provide care no matter what. All because of volunteers!
We celebrated National Volunteer Week at our Belleville and Edwardsville Area locations on April 14th and our Marion Area location on April 21st. We appreciate everything our volunteers do because no talent and no amount of time are too small. Not-for-profit organizations rely on the passionate and dedicated volunteers who donate countless hours to making organizations like hospice a better place. So today I am reaching out and thanking all volunteers. I want to thank Hospice of Southern Illinois volunteers for their dedication to hospice services like sitting at patient besides, helping with clerical work, spreading our message of improving the quality of life of terminally ill people and spending time sharing your enthusiasm and love with others. Furthermore, I want to thank all volunteers for helping make the world go round. Without you, so many opportunities would be lost, memories not shared, and wonderful experiences unknown. Thank you for all you do! Remember, life is about how you live! Live and serve because there is not greater gift than time and talents! If you are interested in becoming a voluneer please call one of our volunteer coordinators, Susan, Deb or Shelly, 1-800-233-1708, or visit our website to see how you can help,

Help us share, educate, and reach out by subscribing to our blog and suggesting it to friends who will spread our message: Hospice of Southern Illinois is here to teach you what hospice is, what we are about, and what we can do for you and your loved ones. No one has to go through the dying process alone. Hospice of Southern Illinois can help.

Live well, laugh often, and love much,
Christine Juehne
Hospice of Southern Illinois
Community Education

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