Through my personal volunteering in high school and college, I learned how empowering it is to share charity with others in hopes of them discovering it themselves. That is when I decided I wanted my career to surround me with giving human beings.

As a volunteer myself and a professional in the field, I learned that one of the biggest equalizers in our society is the sharing of self. We open countless doors of understanding, compassion and empathy when we take time to actively listen and communicate with our community members.

A volunteer’s role must offer an opportunity to change people’s lives, including his or her own. There is nothing like the satisfaction of playing a role in someone else’s life, helping people who may not be able to help themselves. Volunteering is a way of giving back to your community while developing important social skills, and gaining valuable experience at the same time.

Volunteering is more than a “job.” It is where you take charge of your life and contribute a little of your time and energy into helping others. Volunteers create better environments for others, they create healthier communities, and they brighten lives. You’re bound to get more out of it than you put in.

Volunteering is not only effective, but it’s a good way to meet people, learn and develop. By helping or supporting others, one learns and uses new skills gaining confidence and building self esteem.

Our organization is honored to have the compassionate care that volunteers provide to patients in each Hosparus community. Every Hosparus volunteer has something special and unique they’re able to contribute, and we are thankful for that. No matter the role, all our volunteers gain a meaningful perspective on the work and the impact Hosparus has on our communities. Our volunteers are valued, not just as volunteers, but as a part of our staff and hospice movement as a whole.

Like many organizations, Hosparus is greatly dependent on the help and dedication of our volunteers. Hosparus volunteers come from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds, and range in age from teens to senior citizens. Each and every one of them helps provide comfort and care to terminally ill patients and their families during the final stages of life.

With a community that is a diverse fabric of human beings, it is my honor to be able to match their passions with skills, in support of the families we serve. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work side by side with individuals who nurture and provide quality care for patients during their greatest time of need.