The first meeting of people interested in forming a hospice society took place April 10th, 2014. We named five people to a Board of Directors and went through the steps of acquiring our official name, formed our bylaws, constitution, and became incorporated July 16th, 2014. We worked to develop our mission statement, values, vision, and goals. We opened a bank account withFirst Credit Union. (The teller who helped us was, in fact, our very first paying member.)
Fundraising: On May 3rd, 2015 we held our first “Hike for Hospice” and raised more than $5,000.00. We applied for a “community impact grant” through the First Credit Union and were awarded $4,150.00. Vancouver Coastal Health generously provided us with $1,000 to help in our fundraising efforts. The Powell River Lion’s supported us with a $1,000 so we could acquire insurance. We are planning more fundraising events in hopes of raising enough to hire a part-time coordinator.
Volunteers: We have a great team of volunteers and more than 20 applications from people interested in becoming volunteers for Powell River Hospice Society. On the second Thursday evening of each month, a meeting is held for our present volunteers to provide support and training. The Powell River Hospice Society plans to have its first “training for volunteers” in October and November 2015.
Publicity: We have had some great publicity (three articles in the local newspaper; winning the Credit Union Community Impact grant, a video on Shaw TV, lots of action on our Facebook page, and an article published in Powell River Living magazine), however, we need to continue to “get better known” through our hospital and continuing-care, so that we receive referrals for people near the end of life who can use our support.