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Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards

The Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awards recognize hospice volunteers who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense – serving as inspiration to others. Recipients of these awards have demonstrated considerable commitment in terms of time, amount of responsibility assumed, and longevity; have made a notable impact by significantly strengthening a hospice program or the lives of patients/families served; and have undergone substantial personal growth as hospice volunteers.

Call for volunteer nominees for the 2017 Volunteers Are The Foundation Of Hospice Awards is now open from now to May 22, 2017 (just extended!) Click Here Here to start submitting your nominee(s).  to start submitting your nominee(s).

NHPCO, the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals, and the National Hospice Foundation will present the awards during NHPCO's Interdisciplinary Conference September 16 - 20, 2017 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego, CA. It is hoped that the honorees will be able to accept the award in person.  We will inform honorees prior to the close of August 2017.

The awards are given annually in four categories:

  • Patient/Family Service, for volunteers working directly with patients, their families, and loved ones.
  • Organizational Support, for volunteers whose work supports the organization as a whole; may include fundraising, board service, outreach and/or administrative support.
  • Specialized Volunteer Service, for volunteers who have supported hospice and palliative care patients and families though a specialized volunteer program such as We Honor Veterans, pediatric care, pet therapy, bereavement support, spiritual support, massage and other complementary therapies, etc.
  • Young Leader, for high school and college students whose volunteer contributions have made a significant impact on the hospice and palliative care organization.  Nominees for this category must be between the ages of 14 and 22. Because this category is for volunteers who may be with the hospice for a limited amount of time, the criteria for longevity of service is taken into consideration.

The NCHPP Awards Committee reviews the nominations and selects the honorees. he awards are presented at NHPCO’s Fall Conference.

2016 Volunteer Honorees
2015 Volunteer Honorees 
2014 Volunteer Honorees 
2013 Volunteer Honorees 
Honorees 1994 to 2014 Volunteer Honorees

Evaluation Criteria

Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment of time, responsibility assumed and longevity of service.
  • Impact the volunteer has had on patients and families or the hospice and/or palliative care organization.
  • Personal growth the volunteer has realized through his/her service.
  • How the volunteer has served as an inspiration to fellow volunteers, the hospice and/or palliative care organization and his/her community. 

Please note, the volunteer awards are generally intended to honor the outstanding efforts of an individual volunteer as opposed to a group.

NHPCO MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT: The nominator must be an employee of a NHPCO member hospice and/or palliative care program. The nominee must be a volunteer with the same member hospice and/or palliative care organization as the nominator.

If you have questions or need additional help, contact Donald Cook, dcook@nhpco.org.