Community Interest

Q - Hospice - Joyce Ida Emily Hines Janis Youngblood April 2016


Photo Special to Alachua County Today

Honored for five years of service at this year’s Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Volunteer Appreciation Banquet held at the New Century Woman’s Club in High Springs were Joyce Ida (left) and Janis Youngblood (right), surrounding Volunteer Manager Emily Hines, along with (unavailable for photo) Susan Beck, Hal and Linda Cohen, Sharlene Hotary and Julia Owen.


LECANTO – Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Month with its volunteers at Roaring 20s banquet events in High Springs, Chiefland, Citrus County, Lake City and Pomona Park.

During 2015, 770 volunteers provided the organization with 83,000 hours of service at a value of $1.8 million, enabling Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast to deliver services to patients, their families and neighboring communities; efficiently run its offices; staff its Hospice Thrift & Gift Shoppes; and speak about hospice services at community events.

Each Roaring 20s banquet featured music, period dancing and a sumptuous dining experience. Five volunteers were awarded pins for 15 years of service achieved in 2015, 16 volunteers for 10 years of service and 62 volunteers for 5 years of service.

Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, a not-for-profit charitable organization licensed in 1985, provides comprehensively responsive and compassionate end-of-life services to terminally ill patients and their families in North Central Florida.

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