Though in-person visits and events have been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County celebrated the dedication and commitment of its volunteers by safely holding a drive-through appreciation event this fall.
“We appreciate our volunteers for everything they are doing to support our mission during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Amy LeVan, director of Volunteer Services at Ohio’s Hospice. “Even though COVID-19 has limited opportunities for volunteers to serve, they have continued to write letters and cards to patients and make phone calls to them.”
During the drive-through appreciation event, the Volunteer Services staff of Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County visited with the volunteers while social distancing and provided boxed lunches and bags of M&Ms to volunteers as they drove through. Some of the volunteers drove through in costumes.
“Our volunteers were excited to get out and see us, and we were thrilled to see them, too,” LeVan said. “They miss being able to visit with our patients and families.”
LeVan said the volunteers continue to help staff think of new and innovative ways to keep in touch with patients and families through the pandemic.
“Their experiences have helped guide what would be most meaningful to those who are at home and unable to visit others because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” LeVan said. “We are thankful that our volunteers remain committed to our mission and how we serve the community.”
Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, has been serving patients in Miami County since 1983. The not-for-profit hospice is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illnesses. Its outstanding care has earned recognition from the prestigious Hospice Honors program of HEALTHCAREfirst and Deyta Analytics.