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Category Archives: Volunteers

A Journey with Hospice Inspires a Volunteer

“My mom dying in a hospital was not the best, so that’s when I became interested in hospice,” says Karen Formont, a volunteer for the VNA Golf-A-Thon, VNA & Hospice Foundation’s annual fundraising event. During the monthly Golf-A-Thon volunteer meetings, Karen learned about the hospice care VNA offers, for patients at home and at the VNA Hospice House, an in-patient…

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VNA Helps Hospice Patient Dominick LaCavalla’s Dream To Visit His Son Come True

When Vero Beach resident Dominick LaCavalla was told last winter at the hospital that he had two weeks to live unless he immediately started dialysis, his first thought was of his son who he hadn’t seen in four years, Dominick III, and how much he wished he could visit him. But Dominick Senior knew that was not a reality since…

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Blanket Buddies

VNA Foundation Accountant Tricia Palmer and her mom, Barbara Palmer, have been donating their time and talent crocheting beautiful blankets for VNA Hospice patients for over a year – and loving it. “There’s something special about giving someone a blanket at this stage of their life…it feels good to do,” says Tricia. “It’s a small thing, but to somebody it…

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Living Well

Mahatma Gandhi said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   As we age, we begin to realize the importance of living well. We learn to appreciate finding balance and developing a way of life that enriches our mind, spirit and body. Emotional well-being is a matter of finding that which brings us…

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Volunteer Manager Earns International Recognition for Certification in Volunteer Administration

Sara Bumgarner, VNA volunteer manager, has been recently been awarded the credential, Certified in Volunteer Administration, it entitles her to use the designation (CVA). This certification is the only internationally recognized credential in the field and is valid for a 5-year period before renewal. Sara discussed the impact of this certification, “The CVA requirements for continuing education not only expand educational…

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Surf, Sun and Savoring Moments

Project Wish is just one of the many ways patients and families experience how hospice care is about quality of life, living every day to the fullest and sharing important moments. It’s wholistic in the sense that hospice cares for the whole person­—body, mind and spirit. Karen Shaw was recently asked to make a wish, “I just want to hug…

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Leading by Example

Volunteers In Their Finest Hour  Kim S., one of VNA’s Volunteer Coordinators and a hospice aide, has decided to wear a few different hats with the greater good driving her passion. Kim usually works at the Hidden Treasure stores where she supports our volunteers, but due to our store closures and volunteer services suspensions she volunteered to work, even weekends,…

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VNA Hospice Volunteer Skip Wood Provides Comfort to Fellow Veterans

VOLUNTEER PROFILE Name: Skip Wood Years of Service to VNA of the Treasure Coast: 13 Area of Expertise: Skip is a Veteran Volunteer for VNA Hospice. He honors hospice patients who have served in the military with a special pinning ceremony – a task he joyfully takes on being a veteran himself. ABOUT SKIP WOOD Skip joined the military shortly…

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Answer Nurse: How does volunteering benefit seniors?

 My mom is retired and I want to get her more active. How does volunteering benefit seniors? What should she know before volunteering for an organization? Volunteering doesn’t just serve as a benefit to the community; it can also serve as a benefit to your health. Studies have shown that seniors who volunteer regularly increase their mental and physical health…

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VNA welcomes new faces to volunteer department

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is excited to announce the addition of two new faces to their volunteer department. Sara Bumgarner, previously VNA’s human resources recruiter, has stepped into the role of volunteer manager, and VNA’s volunteer coordinator role now belongs to Ashley Gubtil. The VNA relies on its volunteer department of nearly 400 individuals to assist in their everyday…

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