Heartland Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Recognizes Long-Time Volunteer
Kathleen Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator with Heartland Hospice Serving Chicagoland North, wanted to highlight and thank one of her volunteers, Cathy, for all her help during these challenging times. “Cathy produced 60+ face masks when we asked for volunteers to help make masks. I want to send Cathy a huge heartfelt THANK YOU for her time and effort with helping to keep everyone safe and healthy,” said Kathleen. Below, Cathy shares her experience about volunteering with Heartland and how being able to donate masks made her feel:
“I became a Heartland volunteer as a way to say ‘thank you’ to this incredible group of people for the amazing care they provided my mom after she suffered from a stroke in 2012. While my mom was receiving care from Heartland, she smiled during massages and was made comfortable when she had pain. While trying to wrap my head around the grief of losing a parent, I was so grateful for the support we received from Heartland for not only my mom, but our family as well.
My family was so thankful for everyone – from spiritual care to the social workers, along with the incredible nurses to the vigil volunteers who offered prayers when the end was near – we couldn’t have asked for better people around us during such a difficult time. I felt in my heart that when I retired, I should volunteer with Heartland by offering my help wherever it is needed. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back.
When the call went out for volunteers to make face masks, I blew the dust off my old sewing machine, watched a few YouTube videos and went to work. Once I got the hang of it, it actually went very well, and it made me feel good to help provide safety to others during these troubling times. I was happy to do my part!”