A life of meaning

by Carol Anne Lawler, HPCCR Faith Community Educator

Our most recent class of volunteer"trainees"

Our most recent class of volunteer”trainees”

For Hospice Month in November last year, our Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Sheri Lowe, suggested that our team commemorate the month by doing volunteer work as our way of giving back to the community for all the ways the community gives to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, enabling us to serve our the patients and families.  We brought in cans of food for a women’s shelter in South Carolina; made sandwiches at the Culinary Community School of Charlotte that we delivered to Family Forum, a place that cares for homeless and disabled veterans; and spent time at Sally’s YMCA in Denver. (Note: we were going to help with the walking trail, but when we arrived, we were needed to literally move dirt from one location to another to create a “GaGa Pit”,  a surface for a popular outdoor game at the Y.  Who knew?)  As we volunteered, team members appreciated the camaraderie, enjoyed the ensuing laughter, and felt good about being able to give back.

In this season of unrest, when there are protests in the streets, jet liner crashes, as well as personal tragedies, what seems to give life its meaning is the ability to move beyond one’s own world; to enter another by extending a hand of friendship, a ride to the store, or volunteering for some cause that benefits someone or something besides oneself.

As we enter this New Year, filled with new hopes and aspirations, consider volunteering for a cause near and dear to your heart.  You may decide you would like to be a volunteer for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  We have upcoming volunteer trainings on March 24, 26, 31, and April 2 from 5:30-9:00 pm at our Levine Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville (11900 Vanstory Dr.)  Simply go to our website for more information or call our main number at 704.375.0100, and ask for Volunteer Services.  In whatever you choose to do to give life meaning, may you be enriched in 2015.  Happy New Year!

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