Gulfside Regional Hospice Honors Its Volunteers at Banquet
More than 550 Gulfside Regional Hospice volunteers were honored at Gulfside’s “Volunteers Are Priceless Treasures” appreciation banquet held December 7 at Spartan Manor.
Gulfside Regional Hospice named Harry Amwake its volunteer of the year. Amwake, from New Port Richey, is a patient care volunteer for west Pasco families. His primary responsibilities include sitting with patients to give caregivers a break and being a Gift of Presence volunteer, who sits with patients at the very end of life. “Time has no limit when he comforts those he is with, whether it is a patient or a family member,” read Kathie Poole, Gulfside’s West Volunteer Manager. “He has sat with patients for extended periods of time, weekends and evenings. Every week we receive calls from caregivers that specifically ask for this volunteer.”
Other volunteers also received special recognition during the banquet for their specialized service at Gulfside for the following locations and departments for the previous fiscal year: Agnes Fuller – Bereavement; Ed Bruns – Gulfside Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills; Bill Fuhrmann – Courier; Maggie Taffs – Office, East; Art Edmonson – Office, West; Elaine Karl – Patient Care, East; Judy Donian – Patient Care, West; Grace Keating – New Port Richey Thrift Shoppe; Jim Artley – Hudson Thrift Shoppe; Sandy Keezer – Zephyrhills Thrift Shoppe; Betty Candelora – Lutz Thrift Shoppe; Linda Iverson – Dade City Thrift Shoppe; Don Spencer – We Honor Veterans program; Larry Starnes – Board Member.
Pins were given to 13 volunteers who have served Gulfside for five, 10 and 15 years. Gift cards were given to 11 volunteers who served more than 500 hours during the fiscal year of 2011-2012. Renee Wingeier volunteered 1,746 hours during that time span mostly at the New Port Richey Thrift Shoppe. In total, Gulfside’s volunteers donated 84,985 last year.
“Gulfside Regional Hospice’s volunteers are the best volunteers around!” said Linda Ward, Gulfside’s president and CEO. “Our volunteers help in all aspects at Gulfside - from helping at Gulfside’s Centers for Hospice Care and in patient’s homes, providing companionship at the end-of-life for patients, working as office volunteers and at Gulfside Regional Hospice Thrift Shoppes, and serving as board members. Gulfside Regional Hospice is a better organization because of our volunteers and we are so thankful that you donate one of your most precious gifts to Gulfside – your time.”
Gulfside is always in need of volunteers, and holds trainings monthly throughout Pasco County. For more information about volunteering with the organization, call 1-800-561- 4883.
Gulfside Regional Hospice, established as a nonprofit corporation in Pasco County in 1988 and initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 375 patients daily. GRH employs over 250 professionals and has more than 550 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. Gulfside Regional Hospice was selected the 2011 Non-profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. For more information about Gulfside Regional Hospice, call 727-845-5707 or visit www.GRHospice.org.