It will be one of the most fulfilling things you have ever done. We know our volunteers are a valuable asset to our team of professionals. We always try to use the time and talents of those who have answered the “call to serve” in the most meaningful ways possible. Many of our volunteers are simply caring people who wish to give back to the community by helping their friends and neighbors.
Visit a patient. Give a patient’s spouse a break to run to the store. Read books, pray, share stories. Sing a song or play an instrument. Answer phones, greet people and manage paperwork in our offices. Assist with special events.
Whatever you do, know you are making a difference in the lives of our patients, families and staff. We treasure volunteers as valuable members of our hospice teams.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Grace is our Honorary Volunteer as she has retired from actively volunteering with Highway Christian Hospice, now called Valiant Hospice & Palliative Care, but is now in an advisory capacity.
Grace put in many hours supporting our patients and families and still does so informally as much as she is able.
She was born and raised in North Carolina. Grace has her Master’s In Education from Columbia University where her spouse earned his Doctorate In Education. She taught high school English and Science as well as Kindergarten.
She has one son and he and his wife have two daughters. Four great-grandchildren who are 5 and under live nearby and she enjoys their visits and being part of their lives.
She and her husband moved to Arizona in 1978. They traveled all over the world including South America and the Panama Canal.
She had been a Spirit Lifter at Royal Oaks for many years, visiting Care Center residents prior to going through our Volunteer Training. She has been active in her church, Bellevue Heights Church, Sun City.
She always enjoyed having Hospice patients and family members talk about themselves and their families.
Grace made 1072 visits and gave 509 hours to Royal Oaks residents through our Hospice from 2010 through 2014. Thank you, Grace, for your years of service!
Favorite Verse: 23rd Psalm
Hospices must abide by many rules and regulations, and one is to ensure that all volunteers receive orientation and training for the duties that they will perform. Valiant Hospice & Palliative Care offers free, specialized training to all potential hospice volunteers, as well as continuing education. Routine background checks are conducted on all volunteers, just as they are for team members.
We truly need your assistance…in fact, the federal law requires that volunteers at Hospices all across America must provide at least 5% of the total patient care hours given to patients. So, as you can see, this means we simply cannot do our work without YOU! Please join us today.
To get started, call the Valiant Hospice office at 602-274-1952.