Volunteer Stories


Patient Thrives on Hospice Care with Veteran Volunteer

Joe MacDonald's health rebounded on hospice care. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer Tom Pendergast.

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Care Dimensions Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program Gives Back

WWII veteran Tom Pendergast says becoming a hospice volunteer visiting fellow veterans has been very rewarding and has "brought me back to life" after losing his wife.
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Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Patients

Volunteer Cynthia Turover and her pet therapy dog Louie make the day a little brighter when for patients.

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Patient Treasures His Volunteer Visits

Frank Medeiros, a 30-year volunteer, brought companionship to a patient by driving him through Nahant or to a Rockport candy store for saltwater taffy.

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Music at the Bedside

We now have a volunteer-trained group of singers who can sing at the bedside of a patient. These singers visit patients in teams of two or three and provide comfort by singing to patients at end of life.

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Rose Moniz Makes Hospice Volunteering a Family Priority

Rose Moniz inspired her son Dan and daughter-in-law Susan to volunteer with Care Dimensions hospice patients.
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The Surprising Joys of Hospice Work

Care Dimensions volunteer and donor Lisa Alcock learns from the hospice volunteer experience.
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Hospice Volunteer: 'This Work is Undeniably Important'

Sharing good memories and laughs is one way Care Dimensions volunteers help hospice patients get the most out of their day.
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Hospice Patient Grateful His Poetry Preserved by Volunteer

Ben Gesmundo shares his book of poems with Care Dimensions Social Worker Deb Todd.
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Volunteering for Hospice Brings Many Rewards

Karen McBain volunteers for Care Dimension's hospice and becomes inspired.
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Hospice Volunteer: Just Be Present. That’s Enough.

Care Dimensions hospice volunteer Annette Pollack shares a laugh with her patient.
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Life Has Greater Meaning as Hospice Volunteer

John Keohane has been a committed supporter of Care Dimensions for several decades and volunteers at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.
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Volunteering to Help Fellow Veterans on Hospice

Care Dimensions volunteer Jeff Brand, an Air Force veteran from Marblehead, reviews the newspaper sports section with Stanley Lojko, a World War II Army veteran and hospice patient from Salem.
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Volunteering Your Time Means Everything to Hospice Patients

Volunteering for hospice brings many rewards for the patient and the volunteer.
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How Volunteering for Hospice Changed My Life

Kristen DePasquale, Care Dimensions hospice volunteer, reflects on her experience.
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Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Julie and her son Colin reflect on their experience at Care Dimensions Camp Stepping Stones and how they were inspired to volunteer.
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From Hospital Nurse to Hospice Reiki Volunteer

Care Dimensions volunteer Joan Charette gives Reiki to patients at the Kaplan Family Hospice House to help them relax.
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Committed to Volunteering, Making a Difference

Gail Thompson has been volunteering for Care Dimensions since 1980 and participates in the annual Walk for Hospice fundraiser.
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Community Volunteers’ Knitting, Sewing Bring Comfort to Hospice Patients

Community volunteers Henrietta Goodwin and Marilyn Brauss donate their talents to create prayer squares and quilts that are given to patients at Care Dimensions’ Kaplan Family Hospice House.
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Upcoming Trainings

The next training sessions start in September and will meet twice weekly in each time slot.

Danvers: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Sept. 16 - Oct. 9, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House

Lincoln - Evenings: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Sept. 17 - Oct. 10, at the Care Dimensions Hospice House

Lincoln - Days: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 - 3:30 p.m., Sept. 18 - Oct. 11, at the Care Dimensions Hospice House

Complete your online application today or contact us with any questions. For more information or to register for training in Danvers, contact Fran Clements at 978-750-9349, or FClements@caredimensions.org. If interested in Lincoln trainings, contact Abby Langmead at 781-373-6583 or ALangmead@caredimensions.org.

Learn about hospice volunteering on our blog

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 more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.