Deb Kluck, Fargo, Published April 19 2012
Hospice thanks its volunteersThis is National Volunteer Week. Hospice of the Red River Valley thanks those who generously give their time, energy and spirit.
Reflecting on the selfless acts and attitudes I witness each day at Hospice of the Red River Valley, I am overcome with gratitude.
Hospice volunteers enable us to carry out our mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care. We could not provide our depth of services without them. With Hospice offices in Fargo, Grand Forks, Mayville, Valley City and Lisbon, N.D., and Thief River Falls and Detroit Lakes, Minn., volunteers serve 29 counties.
In 2011, more than 400 hospice volunteers recorded 15,315 hours and drove nearly 51,000 miles to share their time and talents with individuals and families facing life’s final journey. They visit with patients, read the newspaper, play card games, share coffee and sit at patients’ bedsides. We have volunteer massage therapists, pet therapists and hairstylists who share their expertise to make people more comfortable. Our volunteers deliver supplies and assist staff in our offices. They also work all sorts of jobs at our resale store, Heirlooms.
I have seen volunteers drop what they are doing and change their schedules to be with patients to provide comfort. They drive in blustery weather to visit patients’ homes.
Hospice volunteers are among the most compassionate people I have ever met. We thank our volunteers who stand ready to provide compassionate services.
Kluck is volunteer services manager for Hospice of the Red River Valley.