Text Size

  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Normal

Current Size: 100%

2013 Volunteer Award winners

Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award

Patient/Family Service:

Cecil Bartlett
Casa de la Luz Hospice
Oro Valley, AZ

Cecil Bartlett has contributed more than 500 hours each year since joining Casa de la Luz in 2008. He is active in respite and vigil care, gives time every week at the inpatient unit, serves at the hospice’s memorial services, and much more. As a Navy Veteran, he also supports the hospice’s work as a We Honor Veterans partner, and was the first Casa de la Luz volunteer to digitally record a dying Veteran’s memories (which was then contributed to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project).

“I’ve begun to realize how wonderful it is to be part of someone’s life at the time they need a friend most,” he said.

Organizational Support:

Opal Phillips
Hospice of the Bluegrass
Lexington, KY

Since 2002, Opal has provided over 5,000 hours of volunteer service in a variety of important ways — from providing companionship to hospice nursing-home patients to offering transportation services and conducting oral history projects. She has also taken the lead at community education events focused on advance care planning and has supported the hospice’s work as a We Honor Veterans partner.

“Being a hospice volunteer allows you to become ‘soul friends,’” Opal said. “Not just surface friends.”

Teen Service:

Christina A. Solazzo
Suncoast Hospice
Clearwater, FL

Christina began her volunteer service in 2009, and has worked in nearly every capacity of Suncoast’s teen volunteer program.  She took a lead role in the “Cheer Team” that serves patients in nursing homes and inpatient centers, has used her musical skills to benefit the Music at the Bedside Program, and much more. Most notably, she helped a patient realize a long-held wish to tell her life story and have it published — an 18-month project that, through the Wish of a Lifetime Organization, made it into print (as 10 hardbound copies).

Christina is now a freshman at Ohio’s College of Wooster.