Monday, July 18, 2016

Bonita Springs Events Committee Theme Party

This lovely Father Day Party in Bonita Springs was hosted by Hope volunteers Ann Haxter, Judi Horvath, Linda Cagan and Pam Hoctel - who also created the special theme cake. Victoria Thrift played the piano to entertain the guests who attended this special event at Joanne's House.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Save the Date: Parkinson Fall Forum

Hope Parkinson Program Fall Forum

Friday October 7
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops (map)

Presentations Include:
Dr. Amanda Avila, Hope Parkinson Program Medical Director
"PD Medical Treatments: Fact versus Fiction"

Patricia Radford, Senior Associate Director, Advancement
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
"Current Research and Foundation Updates"

Seating is limited; registration is required.
Online registration opens Friday, August 26.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Hope Volunteer Secures $500 through State Farm Matching Gift

M., a Hope volunteer, submitted a record of his hours for a matching grant through the State Farm Companies Foundation Good Neighbors Matching Gift Program.

As a retired State Farm employee, his 77 hours of volunteering were credited with a $500 donation to Hope.

M. was originally recruited at a State Farm volunteer fair - where he ran into a hospice nurse who had cared for his first wife during her illness. Through this very personal connection, his passion for giving back became the start of a long career as a hospice volunteer.

Since 2009, M. has volunteered for Hope during his seasonal residence in southwest Florida, visiting individuals in our care at local facilities and the Hope Hospice House.

For those who are considering volunteering directly with individuals as he does, M. shared words of encouragement:

"In these controlled settings, you don't really have anything to worry about. There is support for you everywhere you turn. And, you'll find that very few people want to talk about their illness. They want to talk about their family members, where they're from... it's not difficult to do. Volunteering makes me feel good about myself."

Many large companies like State Farm offer similar Volunteer Matching grants. For example:

  • Aetna: $300 for every 20 hours
  • ConocoPhillips: $500 for every 20 hours 
  • Dell: $150 for every 10 hours
  • ExxonMobil: $500 for every 20 hours 
  • Microsoft: $25 per hour
  • Outerwall (Coinstar/Redbox): $15 per hour
  • RealNetworks: $15 per hour
  • Time Warner and Subsidiaries: $500
  • Verizon: $750 for every 50 hours 

To look up companies or organizations that offer matching gifts for monetary donations, use the online Blackbaud search tool.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hope Volunteers Complete Unique Legacy Project for Lee

Maureen Pollock and Anabel Rodriguez worked together to create a meaningful legacy for Lee to pass on to her daughter Brenda - and to future generations of her family.

Lee, who resides in a local facility, was given in-depth interviews by Maureen and Anabelle. At 100 years old, Lee had plenty of details to share from her life's history.

Her Legacy of Hope included details about her childhood in a whaling town of Massachusetts, sharing a basement toilet with three other families in their neighborhood, and her first time seeing a Model T car with a hand crank start. It describes her experiences working as a seamstress and later moving to California.

This one-of-a-kind memory piece will be treasured by Lee's family for many years to come.

About Legacy of Hope 
Throughout time, old age was revered and rare. The stories of a community’s past were treasured for their wisdom. Oral traditions were valuable history, and writing helped preserve even greater detail. In western culture, individuals would give testimony to their beliefs and values - in written form - to be read along with news of an inheritance. It was called a “Last Will and Testament.”

Hope volunteers help the individuals in our care pass on their values, affirmations and stories. They may give a message to family, friends, coworkers or anyone who attends their memorial service. The format can be completely customized for individual preferences. Some may wish to use a journal, a handwritten note, a video or an audio message.

They may want to tell stories about their lives. Some may have a proverbial saying they want to be remembered by. Or, someone could choose to leave messages in envelopes to be opened by their loved ones on important dates in the future.

Hope volunteers meet to help with these ideas, listen and write down or record stories. They help with editing and presentation, as needed. Finally, they ensure that the messages reach their intended audience.

Anyone is Hope's care may choose to participate in a Legacy of Hope project.