Gloria Willemsen, Hospice Volunteer of 2021
PELLA, Iowa— Gloria Willemsen, volunteer at Hospice of Pella, is Pella Regional’s 2021 Hospice Volunteer of the Year. Gloria, along with other honored volunteers throughout Iowa, was recognized virtually on November 4 by the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa.
Volunteers of Hospice of Pella provide companionship for patients and relief for caregivers by letting them take a break from the bedside. They help with transportation needs, including errands and rides to and from appointments. They also may help in the office and take care of the garden. Their role is instrumental in the care of patients and families in hospice care.
“We are so thankful for Gloria,” said Beth Loux, volunteer coordinator at Hospice of Pella. “She comes in each month to prepare standard mailings and event and holiday mailings as well. It’s a big job but she always does it beautifully with attention to each detail and a smile on her face. She’s our resident computer expert and address sleuth! Gloria is a joy to work with and we’re so blessed that she’s part of our team!”
Hospice of Pella is very grateful for all of the volunteers that serve throughout the year. Volunteers serve in many capacities within Hospice of Pella. Each volunteer chooses which tasks they are comfortable doing and the times that they are able to help. For information about volunteer opportunities, call 641-620-5050.