Good Samaritan Society-Hospice celebrates Volunteer Week

Ottumwa–Good Samaritan Society –Hospice is celebrating National Volunteer Week, Sunday, April 23 through Saturday, April 29, 2017.

National Volunteer Week is a special time to honor volunteers for their contributions. The Good Samaritan Society – Hospice plans a Volunteer Dinner to recognize its volunteers.

“Volunteers play an important role in fulfilling our mission of sharing God’s love in word and deed,” says Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Bowersox “Our volunteers inspire residents, their families, staff members and others through the simple act of sharing their gifts of time and talent.”

“Volunteering for hospice clients and families allows me to provide a service that impacts the quality of life of the client and help reduce the stress placed on their families as they both journey through end of life. There are many things that a volunteer can do, providing time for the families to take care of themselves, providing a supportive presence for those clients, engaging in the client’s hobbies, and listening to their life story. My experience with my clients has given me more than I give. I have enjoyed learning about their lives and the contributions they have made. One client related to me that she loved traveling to Nursing Home Facilities with her friends providing music to residents of those in need of the sharing of music in their lives. I have seen those that know her provide her with the same joy of sharing music with her during this time in her journey.” –Linda Stogdill, Good Samaritan Society—Hospice Volunteer.

“Our volunteers are the core of our hospice program. We have 17 volunteers at this time, both men and women who offer unique talents to the patients that we serve. Many volunteers in our hospice program find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating and also spiritually meaningful to assist our patients in end-of-life care. Many volunteers have discovered that while caring for the patients that hospice is not about dying, but rather living with hope; embracing the opportunities of caring for a patient.” –Emily Bowersox, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

Some of the ways that hospice volunteers can help the patients is by: sitting and visiting with the patients, siting and visiting with the family members and loved ones of the patient, office assistance, running errands and or shopping, answering the telephone for the patient or the patient’s family members, fund-raising, administrative work, bereavement and follow up after the patient has passed on. Hospice volunteers are active listeners, are teachable and eager to learn, have hearts to serve, are compassionate, are passionate about the serve they provide, have a good sense of humor and have a flexible schedule.

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering. Today, the special week is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute.

The Good Samaritan Society – Hospice is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the nation’s leading not-for-profit provider of senior care and services. The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed. We serve our residents with compassion and understanding, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”

The Good Samaritan Society—Hospice Program serves an eight county area including: Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren and Wapello Counties.

“We are always excited to add more volunteers to our program. Everyone has something to offer; we are all born with our own talents, talents that are meant to be shared with others. By volunteering, you are embracing the opportunity to share your talents with others while developing new relationships by serving others in need.” –Emily Bowersox, Volunteer Coordinator.

To learn more about Good Samaritan Society—Hospice Volunteer opportunities please contact Emily Bowersox, Volunteer Coordinator at (641) 684-9309.