Make a Difference… Volunteer!

"The last good thing that may happen in a person's life is a hospice volunteer."

Volunteers are the backbone of the hospice team; at Blue Mountain Hospice, volunteers are a valuable part of the care our agency provides. We are continually looking for individuals who are interested in making a difference in the life of another. There are a variety of ways you can help:

Support patient and families with home visits

Provide administrative support in our office

Assist with fundraising or other events

Provide respite- respite volunteers visit patients to provide companionship, listening support and a much-needed break for the caregiver

Become a Tuck-In Caller and touch base with the patient and family to assess for needs prior to the weekend

Meal preparation/Light housekeeping

And much, much more!

Training: Blue Mountain Hospice gives hospice volunteers specialized training to develop the skills they'll need to work with patients and families.

Time: Each volunteer is free to choose how much time he or she would like to give

Benefits of volunteering: Volunteers often find that their greatest satisfaction comes from contributing to the well-being of others. They also have the opportunity to apply their talents in fields different from their usual work. Their gifts of time, energy, and skills fill a unique role that only they can provide.

Finding your niche: Whether you've had a family connection to hospice care and want to give back, or are interested in learning more about how to support and comfort those in their final days, we encourage you to explore this truly rewarding volunteer opportunity. Contact the Hospice office at 541-575-1648 if you are interested in volunteering.

Meet Our Volunteer Team

Marilyn Canon originally joined the volunteer staff in 2006, then took a break for a few years and resumed with us again in 2016. She graduated high school in Granger, WA and lived in Yakima Valley and Goldendale, WA before moving to Long Creek in 1982. Through the years, she has worked as a rancher, musician, and an ambulance volunteer.

Marilyn says she became involved in hospice because "I had taken care of so many family members, and I thought that I had something to give and some way to help families because of my experiences. It helps me as much as it does them." Also, she appreciates the comradery among the hospice team, working with others and getting to interact with a variety of people.

Marilyn has four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Hobbies include music, reading, visiting her grandchildren, gardening and yard work.

Larry Baughman has been a hospice volunteer since 2014. After retiring from the US Forest Service, he felt God's calling to volunteer at hospice. He spends many of his volunteer hours serving the Veterans on our service. Larry served on the USS Towers during his time in the Navy, so he shares a special bond with other servicemen and women and feels that he can relate to them. This makes him the perfect choice to serve as project leader for our "We Honor Veterans Program."

Larry graduated from Coos Bay, has lived in Florence, and now resides in Canyon City with his wife, Donna. They have three children and one grandchild. In his free time, you might find him gardening, camping, fishing or walking.

What Larry enjoys about being involved in hospice is spending time with his patients and working with a great hospice staff. "I have a great love for the Veterans of our country and have a great love for my God." He is honoring both with his service.

Sherri Dowdy has been a hospice volunteer since 2011 and works full time at HECS. She grew up in Oklahoma, but also lived in Creswell and Lebanon before settling in John Day. She and her husband, Lenny have three children and nine grandchildren. Sherri enjoys attending her grandchildren's activities, being outdoors, traveling and photography.

Sherri attended Portland Community College, receiving a degree in Gerontology, with an internship at Blue Mountain Hospice. Besides serving patients and their families, she works on organizing events such as the Strut, Stride, Straddle & Stroll and Light Up A Life, and she also responsible for the weekly Tuck-In program.

"I have always had a passion for working with the elderly. After seeing firsthand what it was like to care for my ailing parents, it made me even more compassionate and dedicated to helping others and their families during such a difficult time."

Mr. Ed Studtmann joined the program in 2014 as a volunteer. In addition to being the pastor at the New Life Bible Church in Long Creek, he volunteers with the ambulance crew at BMH, is a volunteer firefighter/chaplain and a board member for the Heart of Grant County.

Mr. Ed is a native of Crete, IL and attended Bob Jones University, University of Wisconsin and Multnomah Bible College & Seminary. He lived in Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Kansas before settling in Long Creek with his wife, Linda, with whom he has six children and 11 grandchildren. In his free time, you'll find him reading, transferring analog materials to digital, studying about the Navajo Indians and learning to speak their language.

Mr. Ed became involved in hospice because "walking alongside those who are often alone is something that is near and dear to my heart. Often, in this phase of their journey, they have much to impart to others if given the opportunity to do so. As a Christian, I believe no one should have to be alone on this side of eternity." He felt that BMH hospice would enable him to be a blessing to others.

The team approach, the practical training, the great staff and volunteers and the surprises when patients are allowed to share of themselves all contribute to an enjoyable experience for him. "While this work is demanding, it is also full of rewards that cannot be found anywhere else."

Mitch Mund has been volunteering with us since 2016. After attending high school in Minnesota, he began undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota. He is a retired forester and has also volunteered with the 4-H program.

Mitch and his wife, Jennie live in Monument and have three children. Traveling with his wife, hunting, fishing, birds, trees, and singing are hobbies that he enjoys.
Mitch "likes the opportunity to offer a hand and being able to offer hope when someone may think there is very little."

"Those who have the strength and love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body. Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever."
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross