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LifePath Hospice to honor volunteers at luncheon
LifePath Hospice to honor volunteers at luncheon

Riverview, FL -- Volunteers have always served important roles at LifePath Hospice. In fact, volunteers founded the organization in 1983 and have been a vital part of the organization ever since.

On Saturday, April 16, LifePath Hospice will honor its ranks of hard-working volunteers at a Volunteer Appreciation luncheon at The Cambridge Club on the campus of The Bridges retirement community.

At the 11 a.m. celebration, LifePath Hospice will recognize a special group of 12 volunteers as “Emeritus Volunteers.”

The volunteers, from all across Hillsborough County, have retired between January 2010 and March 2011. All totaled, they have has contributed 152 years and seven months in volunteer service to the organization.

“Our volunteers are just incredible,” Lynanne Lawhead, LifePath Hospice volunteer manager. said in a statement. “Volunteers serve many roles, and we’re so excited to showcase our Emeritus Volunteers who have devoted a great deal of their time and energy to LifePath Hospice and its mission.”

For example, volunteer Yvonne Morgan of Brandon visited hospice patients and families for 6-and-a-half years. Yvonne’s willingness to travel from Brandon to Sun City Center made her a valuable asset to the organization.

LifePath Hospice will also recognize Ruth Anderson, who clocked in more than 20 years volunteering, providing compassionate care and companionship at vulnerable times in patients’ lives.

LifePath Hospice will also honor Anne and Ray Purcell, Jackie Kelley, Sue Lynch, Marjorie Dee, John Brainard, Dick Herman, Marion Fitzgerald and Eleanor Chase-Hahn.

While Yvonne, Ruth and the others have retired from actively volunteering, many in the group plan to remain connected with LifePath Hospice by serving as ambassadors and promoting hospice care in the community, mentoring new volunteers and taking part in speaking opportunities.

LifePath Hospice will also posthumously honor volunteer Thelma Herman for her 500 hours of service to patients and their loved ones. Ms. Herman died in early 2010 under the hospice care.

The Cambridge Club is located at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.

According to 2009 statistics, approximately 1,200 people volunteer with LifePath Hospice. They provide companionship for patients and much-needed breaks for family members, along with supplying office support, facilitating children’s grief support groups, staffing special events, serving on committees and working at Life’s Treasures, the LifePath Hospice thrift stores.

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