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Volunteer Focus Newsletter • April 2017
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Coordinator's Corner

Karyn Wallace, Baker City Volunteer Coordinator

It has been a cold, snowy winter and I am SO looking forward to springtime. My husband and I moved from Colorado to Baker City in November of last year. We purchased an old farmhouse that we are currently refurbishing.  This past weekend, with much of the snow melted, we were able to actually walk into our orchard, see our frozen ponds, open the door to the greenhouse and see some little plants just starting to peek out.  We both feel so fortunate to be here.
  

I have worked in healthcare for many years, working closely with other hospices and have had volunteers in the facility I worked in to visit patients. I remember one volunteer in particular who saw her patient at least twice a week. This patient had family from out of state come to see her.  We had set up our conference room as a place for them to have some privacy and where they could eat as a family.  This patient had dementia and staff members were offering her a lot of reassurance. As the family began setting up her favorite meal (Kentucky Fried Chicken), the patient’s volunteer entered the room.  I was observing all of this from my office across the hall.  The patient looked at her volunteer and her furrowed brow relaxed as she smiled and reached for her volunteer’s hand. “Please honey, please don’t leave me with these strangers, she said.” The volunteer kneeled down to eye level with her patient. The patient’s daughter spoke up and said, “Mother, she’s here to join us for dinner.” This family had never met the volunteer.  I’m not sure they even knew she had a volunteer. They were so appreciative of the bond that had developed between their mother and the volunteer.

 
Now at Heart ‘n Home, when I pick up the phone to call Volunteers I am in awe of their willingness to jump right in.  I believe it is our Volunteers that teach us the importance of building meaningful relationships.

New-Volunteers
BEND
Aubrey Gehm
Eric Leadbetter
Jeanie McDonald
Logan Gehm
Paige Gehm
Raenah Gehm
Susan Spehar
Taylor Venema
CALDWELL
Brenda Boles
Hunter Cook
Jayden Bergquist
Katelyn Cook
Kayli Harris
Mason Harris
Stephanie Westfall
Sue Blackwell
 
MERIDIAN
Kinsley Bonfilio
National-Volunteer-Week-2017
The Volunteer Resource Center at Idealist reports that “volunteering can be a great way to develop skills, learn more about career options, make friends, garner new professional contacts, grow personally and socially, and make an impact.” We couldn’t agree more. During our month of celebrating Heart ‘n Home Volunteers, we want to show our appreciation for all you do for our team and patients. It’s during this time that we often hear back from Volunteers how much they appreciate the experience. As individuals, you are making a tremendous difference each time you volunteer. As a group of Volunteers, you are powerful, passionate, and putting the Heart ‘n Home mission of affirming life into practice. So while we hope you hear our sincere gratitude for all the ways you serve, know that we are inspired by your kindness and commitment to our purpose. Please continue to share your stories with us. You are changing our community and reinforcing the caring culture at Heart ‘n Home.
“I would tell someone who is considering hospice volunteering to definitely give it a try and to go in open-minded. Also, to be ready to provide compassion and support to the patient and his or her family. It’s a great way to learn more about yourself and others. This is also a wonderful opportunity for students because you can choose which days to volunteer; it’s only a few hours a week, and you can do so much during that time to brighten up someone’s day. Whether it’s providing caregiver relief or watching a movie with your patient or reading together or listening to music. Even if your patient does not feel like doing anything during your visit, simple things like holding your patient’s hand while he or she sleeps can be emotionally fulfilling for you and your patient.”
 
– Emily, Volunteer
How-You-Can-Serve
BAKER CITY
Companionship
 
BEND
11th Hour
Adult
Veteran
 
CALDWELL
11th Hour
Bereavement
Companionship
Deliveries
 
EMMETT
Companionship
Delivery
Floral
Veteran
11th Hour
Bereavement
FRUITLAND
11th Hour
Office
Veteran

LA GRANDE
11th Hour
Patient Support
Snow Removal
 
LA PINE
Adult
Veteran
 
MERIDIAN
Adult
Bereavement
11th Hour
Emmett-Volunteer-of-the-Month
Emmett Volunteer, Ron Harris, has had only four jobs his entire life, sticking with the toughest of them – real estate in the early ‘80s when interest rates were at historic highs – because he’s not one to walk away. “I hardly ever quit anything,” he said recently during a conversation about his 10-year anniversary this month as a Volunteer with Heart ‘n Home’s Emmett office.
 
Ron’s stick-with-it philosophy has served Heart ‘n Home’s patients well, perhaps most notably early on when a patient in Caldwell lived for six years on services and enjoyed a weekly visit from Ron, initially for conversation and later for quiet companionship. Ron has touched the lives of countless Heart ‘n Home patients, as well as their families: “A special thanks to Ron, who brought flowers and could always be counted on to sit with my husband when I needed it. It was really appreciated!” a patient’s wife recently wrote in a thank you card.
 
In addition to companion volunteering, Ron has also been a flower delivery Volunteer for years, always willing to deliver bouquets to patients throughout the community. His friendliness and warm, caring nature make him a welcome visitor, and his longevity as a Volunteer makes him a familiar friend.
Ron has volunteered close to 1,300 hours for Heart ‘n Home since completing his initial training in 2007. He was not far into retirement when a Heart ‘n Home representative made a presentation at his church, Abundant Life Fellowship in Emmett where his son is now the pastor, to share the need for hospice volunteers in Gem County. His wife was still working and he had the time, so he applied. “I wanted to make myself useful.”
 
Ron’s volunteerism extends beyond Heart ‘n Home; he serves on the boards of Abundant Life and Christian Education Release Time at Emmett High School, and volunteers monthly at the local food bank. He enjoys talking with people, particularly veterans, for whom he holds a deep respect, and old cowboys who usually have interesting stories to tell. Mostly, Ron simply enjoys giving back to the community he’s called home since 1984, saying he gets as much out of it as anyone. “If you do good, you feel good.”
 
We appreciate Ron and his generous commitment to the patients we serve. Thank you!
National-Healthcare-Decisions-Day-2017
“It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” This year NHDD is April 16th through 22nd with an initiative to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Their primary goal is to get people talking and having the difficult conversations about wishes and preferences at end of life.
 
These open conversations can reduce anxiety about a situation we are all subject to face.  If you have not completed your advance directives, now is the time to do so. 
Free-Advance-Care-Planning-Tools
Volunteer-Anniversaries
BAKER CITY
4 Years:
Tom Baines
Darwin Potter
 
BEND
1 Year:
Kristine Kellogg

CALDWELL
1 Year:
Stacey Daniels

FRUITLAND
4 Years:
Bob Erickson
 
1 Year:
Heather Land
EMMETT
10 Years:
Ron Harris
 
5 Years:
Breanna Evans

2 Years:
Vivian Gilbert
  
1 Year:
Janet Leon
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