During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, Iowa City Hospice Celebrates the Gifts of Volunteers
This week, during National Volunteer Week, we are honoring the 98 dedicated volunteers from our community who ensure that patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness find hope, dignity and love.
“Iowa City Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the care we provide to our patients and their families,” said Ann Coe, Iowa City Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “They remain the heart of Iowa City Hospice, and we could not fulfill our mission without them. Through their caring presence and acts of service, our volunteers support Iowa City Hospice and the community we serve.”
Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, provide fundraising support, and more.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.
Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.
For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page or call 319-351-5665.