Alyssa Portillo

- Healing Care Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

What does it mean to be a volunteer? The term ‘Volunteer’ originated from the French and was originally referenced to military service members and their commitment to sacrificing themselves for the good of others. Today, ‘Volunteer’ carries a similar meaning by its definition to “freely offer or do something without having to be asked.”

Beginning in 1974, Volunteer Appreciation Week was created by President Richard Nixon to recognize the tremendous role that volunteerism played in establishing our country. By 1989, the week began its largest sponsorship with the Points of Light Institute, founded by President George H.W. Bush, which promotes active volunteerism through inclusive community activism. By 2007, Points of Light partnered with the HandsOn Network, establishing the country’s largest volunteer management organization celebrating civilian service. The creation of Volunteer Appreciation Week is meant to reinforce the larger theme of “Celebrating People in Action” by cultivating a culture of service and community within the United States.

Healing Care Hospice has the great privilege of acknowledging our 15 volunteers for their continued dedication to our patients and their families this Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 7th -13th, 2019.) Over the past seven months, we have harvested over 400 hours of volunteer service and prove that volunteers are a vital element to a patient’s individualized care plan.

We understand that hospice is not for the faint of heart, so we feel incredibly honored to oversee a group of individuals that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our patients. Our volunteers come from all different backgrounds and strive to provide community and intentionality because they truly believe in the care that they provide. We are honored to recognize our volunteers this Volunteer Appreciation Week and look forward to growing our volunteer program to better serve our patient community.

From all of us at Healing Care Hospice, we thank you tremendously!

Alyssa Portillo, Volunteer Coordinator