Volunteering is 3 times blessed

When you volunteer:

1. You bless the organization you’ve chosen.

2. You bless the person or family you impact.

3. You give blessings to yourself.

Our 500+ volunteers at Kansas City Hospice will tell you that they receive as much or more from their efforts as do the lives they impact. Think volunteering with hospice is hard? It’s not!

Our volunteers find many, many ways to enrich lives today. They’ll tell you that hospice is not about dying, it’s about living.

During a recent episode of Senior Care Live, host Steve Kuker visited with David Wiley, President and CEO of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Melissa Basgall, Manager of Volunteer Services, about the many benefits of volunteering and giving back to the community. We also heard from long-time volunteer Doris Lisenby, who has been volunteering with KCHPC for 28 years! 

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During this National Volunteer Week, we thank each and every volunteer who gives a few hours a year or a few hours a day.

The little things mean so much and volunteers do many little things and big things, too! Here’s what some of our volunteers have been up to this year.

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Jim is a home care volunteer offering respite and companionship.

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The Sizzling Sapphires are a Northland group that brings meals, snacks and other goodies to NorthCare Hospice House.

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Karen plays soothing music for families and patients at NorthCare Hospice House.

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Jody Abbott is our incoming Board Chair. Our Board of Directors are all Kansas Citians and volunteers!

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2018 Sunday Night Live planning committee volunteers are pictured with Event Chairs Megan & Joe Costello and Honorary Chairs Dr. Mark Myron and Debbie Smith. Over 40 volunteers make this anticipated event a huge success!

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Top Drawer Resale Boutique is staffed by almost 40 volunteers! Gina O’Brien, Jennifer Kanan and Cindy Hatch are regulars.

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Maurine & Mary Jo come in weekly to help us thank our generous donors!

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We Honor Vets offers special programs to veterans, including veteran-to-veteran companionship.

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Many different volunteers, including community groups, make lovely remembrance hearts to hang on the doors at Kansas City Hospice House.

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Sharon is one of many area quilters who donate comforting quilts to patients that become treasured family keepsakes.

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Lane and Derrica are Solace House facilitators.

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Longtime volunteer Steve Jones is the Kansas City Hospice Foundation Board Chair.

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Andre is a greeter at Solace House and Kansas City Hospice House

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Fritz is a therapy dog at Solace House and Kansas City Hospice House.

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Outgoing Board Chair and longtime volunteer Donna Payne leads by example!

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The Swinton Family brings a meal to Kansas City Hospice House each March to honor their loved one. This is their 8th year!

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The Avila University Visual and Communications Department stopped by Kansas City Hospice House with breakfast – it’s their fifth year!

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Each June, the good folks at Patrick’s Bar & No Grill host a .1K Race all the way around their parking lot. Last year they raised a record amount for Kansas City Hospice!

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Denise and her young helper volunteering at Camp Erin KC, a grief camp for children and teens held every June.

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Doris has volunteered at our offices for more than 28 years and won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association this year.

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Karla is a welcome face at Kansas City Hospice House, whether helping someone with their meal or just offering a beautiful smile.

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Another award-winning volunteer is Gary, a local musician who sings for patients and families.

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Janice and Eddie are frequent volunteers. Janice plays the piano and Eddie loves to visit patients.

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Saint Teresa’s Academy encourages service to the community and NorthCare Hospice House was pleased to have them bring lunch to families recently.

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Volunteers of all ages help make Heroes for Hospice 5K a great fundraiser!

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Our Baking Brigade is standing by when we need something for a special celebration. Barb and Michelle made this beauty!

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Volunteers make beautiful Memory Pillows as a lasting remembrance of a loved one.

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Come join our team of volunteers!

We’ll help find something you love to do and that our community will appreciate.

Check out the VOLUNTEER section on the website

Email kchvolunteers@kchospice.org

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The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. And, our vision: each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief.

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