Sandy Ricardo: Volunteers at hospices nationwide are angels

April 7, 2014 

Two important anniversaries are being celebrated this year. It was 40 years ago that President Richard Nixon declared the first National Volunteer Week; that same year, 1974, the first hospice in America opened its doors in Connecticut. Even before that first hospice began to serve the community, volunteers were an integral part of the way hospice brought care, compassion and dignity to the patients and families they served.

This is National Volunteer Week and during this important time it’s fitting that we honor all of our nation’s hospice volunteers for the heroic work they do to ensure people find comfort, love and respect at life’s end.

More than 50 trained volunteers are working with CovenantCare Hospice to support people during one of life’s most challenging experiences – the journey at life’s end. These dedicated volunteers are helping patients and families live as fully as possible and our community is better because of their service.

They spend time at the bedside, help out family caregivers, participate with outreach efforts, assist in the office, provide fundraising support and much more. They are angels among us.

I encourage others to learn more about hospice by contacting CovenantCare Hospice at (209) 664-2550. CovenantCare Hospice is a nonprofit agency that serves patients in Stanislaus and Merced counties.

SANDY RICARDO,

Support Services Coordinator,

CovenantCare Hospice

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