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Volunteer Focus Newsletter • March 2017
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Erika HarmonCoordinator's Corner

Erika Harmon, Emmett Volunteer Coordinator

"No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers." - Ronald Reagan
 

President Reagan, and likely every other president in America’s history, understood the value of Volunteers and the role they play in strengthening communities throughout the nation. As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Month in April, I want to share some information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award and highlight the generous contributions of our invaluable Heart ‘n Home Volunteers.  Read More 

 The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light. It was launched in 2003 to recognize and celebrate the impact Volunteers have in bettering their communities and the nation as a whole.
 
Earning a President’s Volunteer Service Award requires commitment, sometimes lifelong; adults must serve 100 hours for the Bronze Award, 250 for Silver, and 500 for Gold. Youth Volunteers are eligible for awards as well, with reduced hour requirements. There is also a Lifetime Achievement Award for those who log 4,000 hours in service to others. Heart ‘n Home is both proud and honored to recognize our Volunteers for these milestones, and we are excited that we may soon be awarding another Lifetime Achievement Award to a Heart ‘n Home Volunteer. This inspiring individual has served close to 3,400 hours with Heart ‘n Home and the patients and families we serve.
 
According to the CNCS, one in four Americans volunteered last year for a total of close to 7.8 billion hours. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that value at $23.56 per hour, which is $184 billion worth of time. Beyond monetary value, Volunteers build lasting relationships with others in their communities and are more likely than non-volunteers to talk to their neighbors, attend community meetings and events, and participate in civic organizations.
 
Heart ‘n Home values the contribution of all of our Volunteers, whether it’s offered on occasion or as a regular commitment. The gift of your time has value beyond measure. Thank you!​

Happy 14th Anniversary
As we celebrate our 13 years of service to our community, the pictures above are just a few of the thousands of moments made possible through hospice. The reason behind opening Heart ’n Home was simple. Cindy Lee, Kristopher Stice, and Todd Stice saw a need for additional end-of-life resources in Idaho and Oregon. Heart ‘n Home opened its doors in Fruitland, Idaho in March 2004, serving our first patient just one month later in April. By 2006, Heart ‘n Home had opened four locations and started a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. Today, Heart ‘n Home has nine locations, one being solely utilized as the Training Center.
 
While the healthcare industry is ever-changing, one thing has remained the same at Heart ‘n Home: our mission of affirming the lives of our patients and  those who love and care for them. 
 
In 2004, Heart ‘n Home started with just a handful of employees, and today we employ nearly 200 employees! Thank you for being a part of our story thus far. We are looking forward to sharing the next 13!
As I write this, it is about three weeks since our Pet Therapy Volunteer, Sandra, had a surgery. I had just opened up the Volunteer timesheets to see what visits were made over the weekend, and what did I find? Four timesheets from Sandra! I immediately emailed her and welcomed her back because when Sandra and her Pet Therapy dog, Kianna, are out of commission - we all feel the loss!
 
Sandra has been a Heart ‘n Home Volunteer since October 2014. Kianna and her currently see about seven patients. Pet therapy is one of our most frequent requests by patients and Sandra has always filled the requested assignments. Sandra has clearly exhibited the Heart ’n Home Family Core Value, Commit to Purpose, to our patients and their families this winter. She and Kianna completed visits despite snowstorms and surgery schedules. As the Volunteer Coordinator, I love reading her timesheets that tell about Kianna’s visits with our patients. Inevitably, Sandra and Kianna bring a smile to their faces and for the duration of that visit. Our patients are in a different world as they hold Kianna on their laps, watch her play tricks, or walk her around the facility. As Sandra says, animals have a special way of connecting with people, even when it seems none of us humans are able to do so. Sandra is an outstanding Volunteer who is a true cornerstone of the Bend Volunteer Team. We are grateful to have her and Kianna to share with our patients.
 
Chris Jahrling,
Bend Volunteer Coordinator
11th Hour Volunteering
By: Sarah Poe, Director of Volunteer Services
 
As an 11th Hour Volunteer, I have had the privilege of keeping vigil with patients at their bedsides at the very end of their lives. The term vigil comes from the 12th century old French term vigile, meaning "to watch or guard.” I embrace that implication that I am keeping watch of our patients. Hospice teaches us about what truly matters and how to live bravely and transparently.
Cicely Saunders, who launched the modern hospice movement, said this of our calling in hospice, “’Watch with me’ means, still more than all our learning of skills, our attempts to understand mental suffering and loneliness and to pass on what we have learned. It means also a great deal that cannot be understood.  ‘Watch with me’ means, above all, just ‘be there’.
 
This is what we do when we keep vigil as 11th Hour Volunteers. We are a crucial part of the team, even as we just watch. Being there is a great comfort to our patients, their families, and our Heart ‘n Home team.
 
We have 11th Hour Volunteer Trainings coming up in every area over the next few months. Please call your local Heart ‘n Home office and sign up with your Volunteer Coordinator. I am also available and would love to talk more with you about this fulfilling way to serve.
BAKER CITY
Companionship
11th Hour
 
BEND
11th Hour
Adult
Bereavement
Veteran
Youth
  
CALDWELL
11th Hour
Bereavement
Companionship
Deliveries
  
EMMETT
Veteran
Bereavement
11th Hour
Companionship
Deliveries
Yardwork
 
FRUITLAND
11th Hour
Bereavement
Licensed Beautician
Pet Therapy
Veteran
 
 LA GRANDE
Bereavement
Patient/Family Support
 
LA PINE
Adult
Veteran
 
MERIDIAN
Adult
Bereavement
 



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