Covenant Hospice of Marianna held its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at the Florida Caverns State Park. This event rallied over 100 volunteers that support the patients of the Marianna Branch of Covenant Hospice. "Inspire by Example" was the foundation of this year’s banquet.
Mrs. Bernice Wheeler received the Covenant Hospice "Volunteer of the Year" Award. Some words to describe Mrs. Wheeler are loyal, caring, giving and inspirational. She will tell you that volunteering with Covenant Hospice is a priority in her life. Mrs. Wheeler gave over 300 hours of her time and drove almost 3,000 miles in 2007. She serves as an Administrative Volunteer, Patient/Family Support Volunteer and an 11th hour Volunteer. She helps with the monthly newsletter, inputs volunteer hours and eagerly accepts patient assignments. One example of her unselfish dedication is staying with a patient from 5:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. The patient did not die alone. She has been there for a patient in their "11th Hour" nine times. She serves patients in three counties who may be in long term care facilities or at home.
Ms. Josephine Taylor was awarded the Covenant Hospice "Inspire by Example" award. She gives her time and efforts to Covenant Hospice Patients both at home and in long term care facilities. While serving Covenant Hospice Patients she faces a life limiting illness as well. She has inspired each of us to carry on her mission to love and give to others. Ms. Taylor was treated to a day of pampering and relaxation the day of the banquet. Partenza Salon and Spa along with Diamond’s Full Service Salon donated their time and talent to help make this day special for Ms. Taylor. Then her chariot waits for her outside—a white stretch limo was waiting on her to carry her to the banquet. What a fairy tale day, for such a deserving woman.
Donna Meldon, Volunteer Services Manager, recognized the Covenant Hospice "Rookies" as well. Stevie Smith of Greenwood was awarded the Covenant Hospice "Administrative Rookie" award; Lumen Rushing of Blountstown was awarded the Covenant Hospice "Ambassador Rookie" award; and Lori Brooks of Blountstown was awarded the Covenant Hospice "Patient & Family Support Rookie" award.
Volunteering can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences! It’s a great way to network and contribute to your community. Hospice and palliative care volunteers bring companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, respite to families and caregivers, and support in fund raising and administrative efforts by hospice care providers. These dedicated volunteers are integral members of the interdisciplinary team of professionals who provide care at the end of life.