National Volunteer Week is April 23-29. It’s a time for every single volunteer to be shown the deepest appreciation and grateful acknowledgment for their commitment to serving others.
Currently in Fort Scott and the surrounding communities, 11 trained Mercy Hospice volunteers are working to give selflessly to comfort others nearing their journey’s end. Under hospice care they offer themselves to ensure that our friends, neighbors, and co-workers find dignity, hope, and love.
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), an estimated 430,000 hospice trained volunteers across the county give more than 19 million hours of service every year. These volunteers tend to patients at the bedside, support family caregivers, and help families during one of life’s most stressful periods. They also participate in raising awareness; provide grief support, fundraising and so much more.
During this National Volunteer Week, Mercy Hospice offers sincere thanks and gratitude to our dedicated volunteers. Our community is a better and more compassionate place because of their service.
Volunteering is extremely rewarding and it’s easy to get involved. Mercy Hospice volunteers need be a minimum of 18 years old and be able to pass a background check. Training is only eight hours, but allows for a full understanding of volunteerism in a hospice setting. If you would like to become an integral part of the Mercy Hospice team by volunteering, please contact Mercy Hospice at 620-223-8090. You may apply to become a volunteer online at mercy.net/HospiceVolunteerApplication.