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Hospice workers recognized with a thanks

May 9, 2011
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

As the nation wraps up another successful National Volunteer Week, I would like to take the time to recognize the hard-working and dedicated volunteers of High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care.

Hands On Network had this to say about National Volunteer Week: “Sponsored by Points of Light Institute and Hands On Network, National Volunteer Week 2011, Celebrating People in Action, honors those who dedicate themselves to taking action and bettering their communities. It’s also about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities — to put themselves at the center of social change.”

High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers are particularly adept at finding unique ways to serve their fellow community members. Serving people who are experiencing life-limiting illness, volunteering to become a part of a family at that family’s most difficult time requires unparalleled commitment, courage and compassion.

High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care provides patient and family-centered care, meaning the needs that our volunteers meet are driven by the family’s requests. These needs can vary greatly. We have volunteers who put their unique skills and adaptability to work every week in service of our patients and families: by baking pies, for example, installing generators during power outages, raking yards, building ramps for wheelchair-bound people, delivering Teddy bears to children, planning fundraisers, calling to check in on families and on and on.

Putting their unique skills to use, coupled with keeping current with training requirements, High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers consistently show themselves to be the kind of inspiring and encouraging people that National Volunteer Week seeks to empower.

Thank you for the opportunity of working with you.

Teresa Isabella

Community outreach


High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care

Saranac Lake


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