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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 2018 Volunteers Are The Foundation Of Hospice Awards is now open from now to May 31, 2018! Click Here 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 November 3-7 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. It is hoped that the honorees will be able to accept the award in person. We will inform honorees within the first weeks of September 2018.

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. Note: while we realize these organizational support volunteers may also be serving in patient support roles, this award focuses on non-patient support related contributions.
  • 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. The awards are presented at NHPCO’s Interdisciplinary Fall Conference.

2017 Volunteer Honorees
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 in good standing and volunteer nominee must be a volunteer at that same member hospice and/or palliative care organization as the nominator. To access the forms to submit a nominee, the nominator must log-in with their email and password.  

If you have questions about your organization’s member status or log-in for member access, please contact solutions@nhpco.org.

If you have questions about the Volunteer Awards, please contact Donald Cook, dcook@nhpco.org.