Hope Hospice has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The grant was recommended by eBay Foundation's employee-volunteer-led San Jose Bay Area Global Impact Team. These funds will be used to support Hope Hospice's volunteer program, which makes a substantial difference in the lives of patients and families, said Jill Biggs, a registered nurse and director of volunteers at Hope Hospice.
"Their compassion and commitment make it possible for us to provide a wide range of non-medical support," she added.
Biggs said that the volunteers' work includes patient visits, companionship, art at the bedside, healing therapies, comfort through music, video biographies, handyman services, pet visits, haircuts and cosmetic services so patients can feel their best. They also provide caregiver relief and keep a vigil at the bedside.
"I have been a home visit volunteer with Hope Hospice for more than two years," said Scott Baldwin, a Hope Hospice volunteer and an eBay employee. "In that time, I have been assigned to more than 20 patients and have spent hundreds of hours building relationships with them as they approach life's end. I've come to love many of the people and care very much for all of them."
Hospice care focuses on keeping patients comfortable and able to enjoy what matters most to them once their doctor has determined that the underlying disease can no longer be treated or cured.
Bob Boehm, Hope Hospice CEO, agreed.
"Our volunteers provided extra care to our patients and families to help them spend their remaining days the way they want, at home, surrounded by loved ones and with self-respect and dignity," he said.
"This generous grant from eBay will certainly help support the wonderful work of our volunteers," he added.
Hope Hospice began as a grassroots effort of local volunteers who wanted to help families care for their terminally-ill loved ones in the comfort of their home by providing emotional and medical support. It is celebrating 35 years of caring as a community-led, nonprofit organization. Learn more about Hope Hospice's volunteer program at HopeHospice.com.