Hospice Quinte joins individuals and organizations across Canada to participate in National Volunteer Week each year, a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of our country’s almost 13 million volunteers.
This year’s theme, “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers.”, is especially fitting considering the current public health crisis. Without volunteers and their more than 166 million hours of volunteer time each month, so much of what must get done, would go undone.
“Volunteers are vitally important to many organizations in our region, like Hospice Quinte,” says Jennifer May-Anderson, Hospice Quinte Executive Director. “Last year, 173 Hospice Quinte volunteers provided over 5,600 volunteer hours in our community alone. They made over 2,600 visits to palliative clients and enabled Hospice Quinte to provide end of life support to 359 individuals and their families. Without their passion, dedication and generous gift of time, Hospice Quinte would not be able to give our community the gift of hospice palliative care.”
Canada’s volunteers work tirelessly to achieve progress in their community, city and country. They give time in support of causes and programs they believe in and ask for nothing in return. Their time contributes billions of dollars to the Canadian economy every month, at last count over $55 billion per year. Their smiles bring happiness and hope. And for that and so much more, we owe them our thanks and heartfelt cheers.
Hospice Quinte assists terminally ill individuals and their caregivers by offering them support and companionship. As we continue to monitor the ongoing corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, Hospice Quinte’s Bereavement Support Groups and in-person Volunteer Visiting Program will be temporarily suspended until such time social-distancing is no longer recommended. Support for current community visiting hospice clients and client intake will continue by telephone.
Until further notice, the Hospice Quinte office at the Bayview Mall will be closed to the public. Staff will be on-site at the office to answer phone and email inquiries. The Hospice Quinte website is also open 24/7 and is accessible from the comfort of home! The “Information & Resources” section contains loads of valuable resources and information about hospice palliative care, caregiving, grief and bereavement, and end of life issues.