Audrey Byrd was named Carroll Hospice’s Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner in June. She has been volunteering with the organization since fall 2009 and has logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours.
“Audrey is a true advocate for our hospice patients,” says volunteer coordinator Kim Benson. “She visits patients who have very limited, if any, visitors, and she is a caring, comforting presence for those near the end of their journey. Her warm hugs and supportive voice help many who are trying to wrap their mind around navigating this critical time. Audrey is a priceless asset to our team.”
Byrd shared her thoughts on her volunteer work:
Why did you decide to volunteer at Carroll Hospice?
As a nurse, I loved being with patients and, working in a nursing home, many passed away there. I feel if I can make someone’s last days a little more comfortable in any way that is what God wants me to do and that is the goal of hospice.
What are your volunteering duties at hospice?
I volunteer a lot at the Dove House and do various duties, but the patient is always the priority. I also see patients in a few facilities [and] make bereavement phone calls each week to families whose loved ones have passed on.
What do you enjoy the most about volunteering?
Definitely the patient contact. It is an honor to be with someone as they go through this time.
What would you tell someone who is considering becoming a volunteer at Carroll Hospice?
Carroll Hospice is a great place to volunteer for. The staff is so kind and caring, and you get much more out of it than you give. There are various ways volunteers are needed, so if a person feels they cannot do patient contact, there are many other ways to serve.
Pictured above: Executive director Reggie Bodnar with Volunteer of the Year Audrey Byrd and volunteer coordinator Kim Benson at the 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner