Care Dimensions veteran-to-veteran hospice volunteer Robert “Jerry” Dunn of Natick was honored last week by the New England Patriots Foundation as a 2022 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award winner for outstanding volunteerism.
Dunn has been a volunteer with Care Dimensions for 11 years. A U.S. Navy veteran, he volunteers six hours a week to visit and support veterans on hospice.
“When I meet a patient, I ask them about their family first, then their service. I focus the discussion on what they like so I can learn how to support them,” Dunn said. “Most open up after the first few visits. Sometimes they share stories about their military service that they’ve never told their family. Any time I can help a veteran, then that’s the brotherhood at its very best. I love doing it.”
Dunn was one of 26 winners to receive the award at a luncheon at Gillette Stadium. More than 250 applications for the award were received from nonprofit organizations throughout New England.
The New England Patriots Foundation is donating $10,000 to Care Dimensions in Dunn’s name.
“There are so many people doing great things in our communities. It restores all faith in humanity,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We enjoyed reviewing this year's applications and selecting the 26 dedicated individuals that are helping to make the world a better place."
To view a video from the awards ceremony, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHBjK-QWxYQ.
About Care Dimensions
Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support in more than 100 communities in Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they live – in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or at our two inpatient hospice facilities, the Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Additionally, Care Dimensions HomeMD program provides in-home primary care to patients over age 65 in select communities on the North Shore and Greater Boston who have difficulty leaving home. The Care Dimensions Learning Institute educates more than 7,000 health care professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. Please visit www.CareDimensions.org to learn more about Care Dimensions.
Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.