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Volunteer Focus Newsletter February 2017


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Volunteer Focus Newsletter

Coordinator's Corner

Danielle Kaufman,
Meridian Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteers play such an important role in the care that we can provide our patients. As a Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteers are the reason I have this wonderful job and are the reason our patients are able to have an extra friend in their lives. I don’t think a lot of people know that hospice started with Volunteers. We are required by Medicare to have Volunteers. There are many hospices in the United States that are solely run by Volunteers. At Heart ‘n Home, we consider our Volunteers an essential part of our team. Many times, Volunteers are the ones that can provide a unique relationship, we as staff or clinical team members, are not able to provide. Volunteers can take that extra step and get on a personal level with our patients and their families and provide meaningful relationships.

As a Volunteer Coordinator, one of my biggest goals is to always be there for my Volunteers. I want to be part of your support system along with a source of encouragement. Volunteering isn’t always easy and can be emotionally and physically draining. It can also be inspiring, rewarding, and meaningful. One of the first things we ask Volunteers is why they chose to volunteer with Heart ‘n Home and with hospice. We always get different answers that are as unique as the people volunteering, but often it is because they have a personal connection to hospice. It is because they have seen first-hand the good that hospice can do for people and it has inspired them.

You as Volunteers are part of that good and we are so thankful. I love getting to brag about my Volunteers and how they are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life. You truly inspire me every day and I feel very blessed that I get to work with you. Thank you for your continuing support to our patients, their families, and Heart ‘n Home. We  appreciate you!
Charity of Choice Winner
 La Pine Warming Center
Congratulations to the La Pine Warming Center on winning our 2017 Charity of Choice Contest! On January 3rd, they were nominated by our Facebook followers, along with 8 other organizations. During the two week voting period they received over 700 votes securing their first place seat and earning a $100.00 donation from Heart ‘n Home!
 
With the freezing temperatures and emergency amounts of snow, some like-minded individuals came together to make sure everyone in the community could be safe and warm. The La Pine Warming Center is an emergency warming center that offers a hot meal and place for you and your pets to stay warm. They can also help connect individuals to other resources in the community. It is a new organization that is solely volunteer operated. There was a couple of people that suffered from frost bite and even had to have finger tips and toes amputated. No one should suffer like that. Now they have somewhere they can go.
 
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Anniversaries
BAKER CITY
10 Years:
Linda O’Neal
 
2 Years:
Terrie Evarts
 

CALDWELL
7 Years:
Jack Muldoon
 
6 Years:
John Watson
 
3 Years:
Cindy Vogel
 
1 Year:
Annie Flander

 

 
FRUITLAND
4 Years:
Ernestine Messick
 
2 Years:
Sarah Poe
 
1 Year:
Paul McAlvain
Tony McAlvain


MERIDIAN
2 Years:
Autumn Mann
Madison Ellis
 
Volunteer of The Month
Louis Gerber,
La Grande Volunteer



It is our privilege to award La Grande Veteran Volunteer, Louis Gerber, Volunteer of the Month! “Lou,” as he’s known to us, has been an incredible Volunteer since he joined our team in February, 2016. Lou is a great example of how our “We Honor Veterans” program makes a difference, thanks to Veteran Volunteers, like Lou, who build relationships with our care team and Veteran patients. Lou has a background in education, working with youth, he is an EMT, has volunteered with 4-H, and he’s active with the Masons and American Legion. On top of that, Lou was in active service to our country through the Air Force and Army from 1973 to 2015. In the past year as a Veteran Volunteer, Lou has participated in Veteran Pinnings, delivered flowers, provided ongoing companionship to Veteran patients, and just been willing to help out when called.
 
The Heart ‘n Home Outreach Coordinator in La Grande, Nate Schultze, had this to say about Lou. “Volunteer and Retired First Sergeant Lou Gerber demonstrates respect and compassion for each and every patient, employee, and member of the community he works with. As a senior medic who retired with 42 years of service in both the Army and Air Force and multiple deployments, his life’s work has been caring for our men and women in uniform. Immediately after retirement he volunteered to continue his service to the nation by building meaningful relationships with both our veteran patients and veteran service organizations on behalf of Heart ‘n Home. He respects military service and tradition, reveres our veterans, and considers every hour he spends with them an honor. He is among the most passionate volunteers I have ever worked with.”
 
Thank you, Lou! We are so proud of your service to our country and our patients and families.  

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Each year, Heart ‘n Home offers two different scholarship opportunities to our Volunteers.  Applications and criteria used to determine scholarship recipients can be obtained from your local Volunteer Coordinator.

 
CICELY AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIPS:
Must be a current member of our Cicely Ambassador Team
A senior in high school
Plan to attend an institution of higher learning full-time (at least 12 credits) Fall Semester 2017
 
GENERAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES SCHOLARSHIPS: 
Must have volunteered at Heart ’n Home for the previous six months
Recommendation from Volunteer Coordinator
Plan to attend an institution of higher learning full-time Fall Semester 2017.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Completed applications must be submitted to your Coordinator no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 1st, 2017.
 

*If awarded a scholarship, you will be required to provide proof of full-time enrollment for Fall Semester 2017 prior to receiving scholarship monies. Deadline for documentation proof will be Friday, September 1, 2017. Scholarship award will be withdrawn if documentation is not submitted by this date.
 
To learn more about student volunteering, contact Sarah Poe, Director of Volunteer Services, at 208-452-2663.
 
How Can You Serve
BAKER CITY
Companionship

BEND
 11th Hour
Adult
Bereavement
Veteran
 
CALDWELL
11th Hour
Bereavement
Companionship
Deliveries

EMMETT
Companionship
Office
Reading
Veteran

 


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FRUITLAND
11th Hour
Bereavement
Licensed Beautician
Pet Therapy
Veteran
 
LA GRANDE
11th Hour
Patient Support
Snow Removal
 
LA PINE
Adults

MERIDIAN
Adult
Bereavement

 



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