LETTER: First American Hospice to celebrate 40 years

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

Two important anniversaries are being celebrated this year. Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared the first National Volunteer Week, and it was that same year, 1974, that America's first hospice opened its doors in Connecticut.

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and during this important time of recognition it’s fitting that we honor our nation’s 400,000 hospice volunteers for ensuring people with serious illnesses find comfort, love and respect.

At Covenant Hospice, more than 2,000 trained volunteers support patients and families during one of life’s most challenging experiences. These dedicated volunteers are helping patients and families live as fully as possible and our community is better because of their service. Covenant’s slogan, "Every Moment is a Memory in the Making," reflects the quality time made possible by volunteers' loving support.

Covenant volunteers visit with patients, provide emotional support and practical help for caregivers, serve as ambassadors in our community, raise funds for our non-profit organization, help in our offices, provide bereavement support for people who have lost a loved one and more.

I encourage others to learn more about Covenant Hospice and invite you to volunteer your time, make a donation or help someone who needs our care to contact us.

Please visit www.covenanthospice.org or call 682-3628.

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