Monday, April 16, 2012

Celebrating Volunteers

Circle of Life is celebrating our amazing volunteers this week during National Volunteer Week!  We are blessed with over 140 volunteers who give selflessly of their time to support the work we do.  Nationally, there are an estimated 458,000 hospice volunteers providing more than 21 million hours of service.  Wow!  
Did you know that it is federally mandated, under Medicare, that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers? This requirement underscores the important role that hospice volunteers play in caring for the dying and their family caregivers.  
At Circle of Life, we believe our volunteers are the heart of hospice.  After all, hospice began in this country just a little over 30 years ago as a largely, volunteer-driven community movement. 
I encourage you to take some time this week and join me in celebrating the work of volunteers.  They truly make a difference for all in Northwest Arkansas and for that I am very grateful.


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