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Fairburn volunteer hits 1,500 hours

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Glenda Jones has just hit the 1,500 hour mark in her time as a volunteer for Hospice. She began volunteering in 1999 after seeing firsthand the type of service from volunteers. Jones folds a quilt donated to Hospice for patients, many of whom are made by local groups, organizations and individuals.

 

Every Monday, Glenda Jones does the same thing: gets up, gets ready, drives to Rapid City and visits with patients in Hospice. That’s nearly every Monday for 15 years. 
“I just do it for my patients,” she said. “I like the time I spend with them, the conversations we have and the things I learn. I love doing (what I do).”
Jones, a former secretary at an elementary school in California, met her husband while he was visiting his relatives. After marrying in 1956, the two moved back to South Dakota in 1964 to help on the family ranch. In 1996, Jones and her husband moved to Fairburn from Caputa, where they sold their 100-acre ranch. Shortly after the move, Jones’ husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, passing away Jan. 8, 1997. While he was in the last months of his life, Jones had help from Hospice volunteers, which made her want to give back.
“My husband’s nurse, Joan, asked if I had been a volunteer, but I had never heard of Hospice,” she said. “We had two volunteers who stayed with my husband  and helped. I thought it was just a wonderful organization.”
In her 15 years of service, Jones has given 1,500 hours of service to the Hospice organization, a feat which Jones says is just part of her job.
“I was happy to hear that I had 1,500 hours, since I was close to working my way up there. I was at 1,000 hours in 2006, so I knew I needed 500 more hours. I didn’t know it would take eight years to get there,” she said. “Many other volunteers have 5,000 hours and some auxiliaries have 6,000 and even 7,000 hours. I’m proud of my 1,500 and appreciate all of those hours from everyone.”

Every Monday, Glenda Jones does the same thing: gets up, gets ready, drives to Rapid City and visits with patients in Hospice. That’s nearly every Monday for 15 years. 

“I just do it for my patients,” she said. “I like the time I spend with them, the conversations we have and the things I learn. I love doing (what I do).”

Jones, a former secretary at an elementary school in California, met her husband while he was visiting his relatives. After marrying in 1956, the two moved back to South Dakota in 1964 to help on the family ranch. In 1996, Jones and her husband moved to Fairburn from Caputa, where they sold their 100-acre ranch. Shortly after the move, Jones’ husband was diagnosed with colon cancer, passing away Jan. 8, 1997. While he was in the last months of his life, Jones had help from Hospice volunteers, which made her want to give back.

“My husband’s nurse, Joan, asked if I had been a volunteer, but I had never heard of Hospice,” she said. “We had two volunteers who stayed with my husband  and helped. I thought it was just a wonderful organization.”

In her 15 years of service, Jones has given 1,500 hours of service to the Hospice organization, a feat which Jones says is just part of her job.

“I was happy to hear that I had 1,500 hours, since I was close to working my way up there. I was at 1,000 hours in 2006, so I knew I needed 500 more hours. I didn’t know it would take eight years to get there,” she said. “Many other volunteers have 5,000 hours and some auxiliaries have 6,000 and even 7,000 hours. I’m proud of my 1,500 and appreciate all of those hours from everyone.”

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