Compassus – Athens Recognizes Local Volunteers

ATHENS, Ga. – The Compassus program serving Athens and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Rebekah Farris and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 23-29 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones.

Farris is a student at the University of Georgia, where she also competes on the university’s softball team. She has been volunteering at Compassus since March 2016.

“We are proud to recognize Rebekah for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Sandra Weathington, executive director for Compassus – Athens. “Volunteers like Rebekah help make our mission a reality here at Compassus, and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our care team.”

“Volunteers make a meaningful impact by engaging and forming connections with patients and their loved ones,” said Bridgett Biggers, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Athens. “I want to thank Rebekah and all of the volunteers on our team for their positive attitude and true dedication to those we serve.”

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are an estimated 400,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. Hospice volunteers add to the care provided by physicians and other hospice staff by bringing companionship to people in the final months and weeks of life, providing respite to families and caregivers, and supporting the administrative responsibilities of hospice programs.

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For information about Compassus – Athens, please visit or call (706) 395-4069.