How Volunteers Make a Difference

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How Our Volunteers Make a Difference

Isy Villoria accpets award from Jennifer MartinezIsy Villoria has made a tremendous impact on Hospice of Marion County during her 18 years of volunteer service. She was recently recognized for a County-wide award, the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Jennifer Martinez at the Marion Senior Services Awards night. Isy has given more service hours than any other current volunteer. She has donated more than 10,500 hours of service.

What does she do?
Isy personally addresses cards to bereaved families to receive on the anniversary month of the passing of their loved one. Though small in size, Isy is a volunteer powerhouse at the Jasmine Store where you can find her every Friday and Saturday. She is an inspiration to many there with her positive attitude, kind ways and efficiency.

You never hear a discouraging word from her; she is always helpful and finds ways to make others feel like they are her special friend. Isy also helps in the Volunteer office and is constant source of encouragement to all who have the privilege of working alongside her.

Joyce SnyderEvery month a volunteer from a different location or area of service is recognized for going above and beyond in providing excellent patient care. Here is just one of this year’s recognized volunteers:

Joyce Snyder started out as a caregiver for her husband who was on Transitions. After her caregiving ended, she had a passion for hospice and joined the volunteer team three years ago.

Joyce is an advocate for hospice. She is an Ambassador for her community in Stonecreek, informing people about Hospice of Marion County and Transitions. Joyce also visits patients at Legacy House, sits with patients for 11th Hour Vigils, helps with Pet Peace of Mind, and assists  with the Reflections program for dementia patients.

But where she really shines is in her visits to the Assisted Living Facilities. Joyce and her “fur baby,” CJ, go into facilities to spread the joy of pet visits. Joyce is well known in the facilities and CJ is a superstar who brings smiles to everyone’s faces.

Joyce is approachable, friendly and always willing to share ideas. Her passion for HMC and Transitions is what drives this lady to be available for all who need her.