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Hospice Volunteer Update

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Subject: Volunteer Update
From:      Patty Malvik, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
To:           Volunteers at Community Hospice of Washington
Date:       April 12, 2010

Thought for the day:

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. 
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy. 
Rabindranath Tagore

A lot has been happening at Community Hospice of Washington since  my last Update!

New Volunteers
Welcome to the eight new volunteers who have just completed the 20 hour training program and are now mentoring in the IPU.  They join a great group of  hospice volunteers who give their time so generously and have so much to contribute to the patients, their families and Community Hospice of Washington..    Thank you to all volunteers for your continuing support and dedication.

New IPU Clinical Manager
We welcome Barbara Wagner, the new Clinical Manager in the IPU.  Barbara previously worked in the IPU as a hospice nurse and is pleased to be back in this new capacity. At her suggestion we have implemented a daily afternoon tea which is held for an hour at about 3:00pm.  It has provided a sense of comfort and warmth for the families in the IPU and I thank all who have generously helped with this new service.

11th Hour Training Program Enhanced
Seven volunteers completed the 11th Hour Vigil training held on Saturday, March 20th.  It was a full morning of training in the Calverton office and we are now ready to go.  Dreema McAllister-Wilson and I are working on simplifying the logistics of this program and we will let you know as soon as changes are finalized.  We now have 14 volunteers available for vigils as they are needed.

Volunteer Happenings
Rick Cothern
,  a dedicated  volunteer for the past ten years, will be leaving the area in early May.  he has made many contributions to the lives of patients and staff.  Rick conducts weekly at The Washington Home a Poetry-in-Motion  class and a Bible study class.  His loyalty and dedication have been an inspiration to us all, and  we are all sorry to see him leave
Save the date! On Wednesday, May 5th, the Washington Home and Hospice will host a farewell gathering at 2:30pm in honor of Rick. 
All are invited to come and wish Rick well in his new adventure.

Jocelyn Hicks, an IPU volunteer for the past two years, has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from London University in the UK.  It is an extremely high honor and we congratulate Jocelyn for this recognition.

Spring Memorial Gathering – Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 6:30 - 8:00pm
In preparation for our annual Spring Memorial Gathering, we need volunteers to both set up and clean up on the day of the event.  Please let me know if you would be willing to volunteer 1) 4:00 - 6:30pm or 2) 6:00 – 9:00pm on Tuesday, April 27th.  We also need two volunteers to fold programs on Tuesday, April 20th from 2:00 – 4:00pm.  Thank you in advance for any help that you can offer.

Next Meetings and Trainings – Stay tuned - We are planning a Home Care Volunteer meeting in the near future, date and time to be determined.  You will also be notified of another Patient Skills Training also to be held in the near future.




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