VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Kendrea Burrell
Why did you decide to become a Hospice Volunteer?
I decided to become a hospice volunteer, because I was required to have volunteer service hours for one of my course in UAB. I chose hospice in order to achieve my desired grade, to have a different experience with this majority group and I have a desire to help others. One of my classmates, Millie, is also a volunteer with Comfort Care Hospice. Millie introduced me to Libby, the volunteer coordinator, who has supported me through this journey.
What has been the most rewarding experience?
As a social person with a big personality, my most rewarding experiences have been providing support to the hospice patients and their care-givers. I have helped people in many different life situations. It is interesting to learn about this diverse population and I have enjoyed the opportunities to serve.
What would you tell someone who is considering Hospice Volunteering?
I would encourage someone who is considering hospice volunteering to do so. It is a rewarding experience to help, support, and care for others during this time of life. Most importantly, just be yourself and love what you do!
What would you like to share?
My experience with Comfort Care Hospice has been wonderful, especially working with the volunteer coordinator, Libby. I have gained a lot of practical knowledge while working with hospice patients and other employees in the company. In fact, I remain a volunteer even though I completed my required course service hours last semester. Volunteering with Comfort Care Hospice confirms my choice of majoring in social work! I am glad this type of work will be my career.