Grand Living: New year, new purpose |

Grand Living: New year, new purpose

Alyssa Hampson
Grand Living Correspondent
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Volunteer opportunities at HopeWest are as unique as the people giving their time. And with the New Year quickly approaching, many people in our community are looking for a place they can make a difference. HopeWest can be the perfect answer for your New Year’s resolution of giving back to the community.

“Our mission to profoundly change the way our community experiences serious illness and grief simply would not be possible without our team of dedicated volunteers,” HopeWest’s volunteer services manager Diane Dickey said. “We need more volunteers to join with us and become a part of our team. Volunteers from all walks of life often find that they enjoy volunteering most when they can put a hobby or a skill to use.”

Volunteers won’t have trouble finding their niche at HopeWest. Opportunities to give back include the Heirlooms for Hospice retail store, patient and family support, administrative support, special events, fundraising and more.

“I volunteer at Heirlooms for Hospice,” Grand Valley resident Kathy Burum said. “I feel selfish by volunteering here because it’s so fun and I get so much out of it. If my job would have been this much fun I don’t think I would have ever retired!”

Burum, who has been volunteering at Heirlooms for Hospice for 10 years, looks forward to getting out of the house, being active and social. She also has the pleasure of getting to know other volunteers and customers, exchanging stories, and putting in a little elbow grease to transform donated items. All of these activities bring in funds to support the HopeWest mission.

Two other local volunteers — Bonnie and her husband Ken — understand that HopeWest relies on the community to provide extraordinary care for people facing serious illness. The couple works as patient and family support volunteers at HopeWest. They visit with patients weekly and provide companionship, support and often just a listening ear.

“We want to pay it forward. That’s why we’re here,” Bonnie said.

Ken has been volunteering for more than a year, visiting with HopeWest’s patients and also helping out at the Care Center with Bonnie.

“It is satisfying to volunteer at HopeWest,” Ken said. “And a lot of it is just the right thing to do. One of the people I see, he just likes to be on the move. I wheel him around the nursing home and on a nice day we like to go outside. I also see another person, and I just sit with him. We like to listen to old songs from the 1940s and talk about movie stars of the past.”

HopeWest has a variety of open volunteer opportunities. For more information about volunteering, call 970-257-2378 or visit

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