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April is National Volunteer Month

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April is National Volunteer Month

Volunteers are Needed Throughout the Country

In 1991 – as part of his 1,000 Points of Light campaign – President George H.W. Bush proclaimed April as National Volunteer Month. President Bush hoped that by setting aside dedicated time for selfless volunteerism, more people would be motivated to take action on the causes they care about.

But now, almost 30 years later, the United States still needs more volunteers. According to a 2015 study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 62.6 million volunteers – or 24.9% of the population – donated 7.9 billion hours of service. But those numbers vary widely from state-by-state. In Utah, for example, more than 43% of residents volunteer in some capacity. But in Louisiana, only 18% of residents donated their time.

These numbers show that there’s plenty of room to improve our volunteer efforts throughout the country.

What Motivates People to Volunteer?

People volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some have found themselves at need at one point or another in their lives and are now in a position to give back. Some volunteers see community service as their way of contributing to better world. Others use volunteering as a means to do something they love. For some, volunteering is a great way to meet new people and experience new things. But no matter why they pursue volunteerism, it pays back huge dividends in personal satisfaction and does tangible good.

Want to Pitch in? Your Local Hospice Would Love Your Help

You don’t have to look far to find an opportunity to volunteer. Religious organizations, civic institutions, youth sports leagues, and education and social services will all gladly put you to work. But did you know hospice organizations also need volunteers? It’s true.

Medicare requires participating Hospices to use volunteers alongside their clinical and administrative staff. And we’ve come to greatly rely on the important work they do every day. Volunteers help support our hospice care efforts in a number of different ways. They can include:

  • Support for Patients: This often includes visiting, reading, taking walks, and other direct interactions with patients.
  • Respite and Family Support: Volunteers often assist family members with shopping or other chores. They can also sit with a patient while family members run errands or spend some time to themselves.
  • Administrative Work: Some volunteers assist with clerical tasks in hospice offices.

Hospices are also happy to use their volunteer’s special skills or interests. So, there’s really no end to the ways you could help.

Contact Us Today for More Information

If you live in the greater Phoenix area and would like to learn more about how you can get involved as a hospice volunteer, we’d love to tell you more. You can contact us at (602) 497-4100 or send us an email at info@southlandhospice.com.

Without the help of our dedicated volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to serve our clients and families in their times of need. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity.