Hospice Chautauqua County (HCC) recently thanked its hard working volunteers with an evening of good food, fun and camaraderie at Moon Brook Country Club.
Volunteers play a vital role in many aspects of daily care and operations at HCC. They assist patients and families with errands, tasks around the house, pet care, bedside companionship, as well as with some of our office chores and community outreach.
“Our volunteers are the hard working and selfless people,” said Ron Sellers, President & CEO of Hospice. “We are privileged to have them serving our mission. The volunteer recognition dinner is just a small way we say ‘thank you’ each year to these very special people.”
Volunteers and their spouses were treated to a dinner, a gift of appreciation and music. Caitlin O’Reilly, Hospice Music Therapist, and Julianne D’Abbraccio, Hospice Intern, performed some favorite pop songs and the group sang along.
One highlight of the evening was the Volunteer of the Year recognition. This year’s recipient was Betty Hand, an HCC volunteer for almost 20 years. She consistently goes above and beyond is expect and becomes integral to the families she serves.
“Betty is a treasure and an inspiration to us all,” said Mary Jo Bradish, Director of Volunteer Services. “She has made a meaningful difference in so many lives. We are truly blessed to have her as part of our Hospice team.”
HCC welcomes committed volunteers who are dependable and want to make a difference in someone’s life. No experience is necessary to become a volunteer and specialized training sessions are offered at no cost. If you would like to become a Hospice volunteer, call our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Jo Bradish.