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National Volunteer Month offers us a chance to thank the many volunteers whose work and compassion add so much to the quality of our lives. It also gives those who have never volunteered the opportunity to learn more about an organization that would benefit from their time.

Residents from our local communities are volunteers. The Aurora at Home Hospice program is lucky to have wonderful volunteers that help support our work. Each volunteer gives freely of his or her time and talents. Hospice volunteers spend time with patients — chatting, playing cards or just staying by their sides. Volunteers provide relief for families and full-time caregivers so they can go to appointments, run errands or sleep without worrying about their loved one.

Our licensed volunteers offer massages. Other volunteers spend time with patients and their families recording their stories with “Story Corps.” Volunteers who are veterans assist with our “We Honor Veterans Program.”

Some volunteers work in the office, help with special events and do projects such as making memory bears. Our volunteers are unsung heroes to our patients and their families.

During National Volunteer Month, let us pause to thank all who have responded to that call to greatness, and let each of us make our own commitments to volunteer in our neighborhoods and communities. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” Winston Churchill said.

Thank you to our wonderful present, past and future volunteers.

Aurora at Home Hospice Volunteer Coordinators.

Vera Jane Johnson

Burlington 

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