Compassus – Springfield Recognizes Local Volunteer

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Compassus program serving Springfield and the surrounding areas is proud to recognize Rebecca Sharon and all hospice volunteers during National Volunteer Week April 10-16 for providing companionship, support and dignity to hospice patients and their loved ones. She has been volunteering at Compassus for 23 years.

Sharon, who celebrated her 90th birthday on February 4, has always been very involved in the community. She has worked with the Chamber of Commerce, Retired Teachers Association and local library, and has also given piano lessons to hundreds of willing students.

“We are proud to recognize Rebecca for her efforts to honor life and offer hope to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses by supporting them with compassion, integrity and excellence,” said Amy Winburn, executive director for Compassus – Springfield. “Her positive attitude and contributions make her an integral member of our team, and we are fortunate to have her as a volunteer.”

“Volunteers help make our mission a reality here at Compassus,” said Vicki Brown, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Springfield. “Whether simply providing companionship or a listening presence, each gesture – no matter how small – makes a meaningful impact on those we serve. I want to thank Rebecca and all of the volunteers on our team for their true dedication to our patients and families.”

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 – Springfield, please call (417) 882-0453.