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Hospice volunteers gave 500 hours of service last year

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HARVARD — The last week in April is National Volunteer Week and organizations across the country are celebrating the contributions of dedicated volunteers who make life better for others in their communities.

Hospice of Nashoba Nursing Service is honoring hospice volunteers, who bring compassion and support to the lives of those facing a life-limiting illness.

Hospice volunteers are integral members of the dedicated team of professionals who provide hospice care. Hospice of Nashoba Nursing Service could not provide such special care without these extraordinary individuals, who bring companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, respite to families and care-givers, and support administrative efforts.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, approximately 500,000 people volunteer in the nation’s 3,300 hospice organizations annually, providing more than ten million hours of service per year. In the 14 communities served by Hospice of Nashoba Nursing Service, more than 15 volunteers provided almost 500 hours this past year for patients and families.

“By sharing their time and energy, our volunteers bring compassion to the lives of those in need,” said Hospice Manager Kristin Barnum. “We are extremely grateful to our volunteers during National Volunteer week and every week.” The National Volunteer Week celebration allows hospices around the country to remind everyone that hospice is about how you live.

To learn more about hospice or to become a volunteer, please contact Hospice of Nashoba Nursing Service at (978) 425-6675.

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