During National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, Hospice of the North Country is celebrating the many gifts of its dedicated volunteers from our community who provide support, companionship and hope to patients and families facing life-limiting illness. Hospice of the North Country is fortunate to have more than forty dedicated volunteers who provide approximately 3,100 hours per year to help Hospice of the North Country care for patients and families living in Clinton and Franklin counties. Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families in the home but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, and provide fundraising support and more. “Hospice volunteers play an essential role in helping us to provide the best care possible for our patients and their families. By sharing their time, energy, and expertise, our volunteers bring compassion and care to those in need,” said Kent W. Brooks, CHPCA, Hospice of the North Country CEO. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year. Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experiences with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one. It is federally mandated under Medicare that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers reflecting the vital role that volunteers play in the provision of care. For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit hospicenc.org or call 518.483.3200/518.561.8465.