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Volunteer Paves the Way for Future

Volunteer Paves the Way for Future

Providing so work to can continue

Joan Anderson was, as she describes it, "Not in a good place." She was healing from surgeries related to a chronic skin cancer condition and in a depression from a failing marriage.

One day in church she was talking about her troubles with Bob Hunter, coincidently a Livingston Chaplain, and Bob referred her to the church bulletin board.

Posted was a wanted notice for Livingston Hospice Volunteers. Joan thought she might "go give someone a hug and make them feel better."

Joan feels that by signing up for the 2011 volunteer training she "joined a new family that was her salvation." As she puts it, she was "healing herself by helping others."

She was amazed by the Livingston Hospice Team, "They talk about people like they are taking care of their grandparents." Her first volunteer experience included celebrating the birthday of an 88 year old patient.

Since then she has become more involved with Livingston not only as a volunteer, but as a seasonal employee, helping with the agency's annual Light Up A Life event, volunteer appreciation dinner, and training of other hospice volunteers. When the seasonal work ends, Joan continues to volunteer with data input related to hospice families.

Maddy Hazard, Livingston Volunteer Coordinator, says of Joan that "her ability for fine detail is greatly appreciated. She is very kind, meticulous, creative and artistic."

Joan's personable nature has made her well received by other volunteers and a welcome addition to the Livingston family. She has made many dear friends. She is even planning a trip to Hawaii with another volunteer she met in the office.

Joan sees life as full of transitions and that she is now "transitioning in a safe environment." Her experience with Livingston Hospice has led to her belief that "this work needs to continue." Her belief has led to action and she has recently joined the Livingston Legacy Society by including Livingston as a beneficiary of her IRA account.

It is forward thinking, kind and compassionate people like Joan who are putting into place the foundation for Livingston's next 65 years. If you would like more information on becoming a Livingston Legacy Society member, please contact Marc Wilde at (805)642-0239 x603 or mwilde@lmvna.org.


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