Rainbow Hospice Care Awarded as Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin Member Host Spot

Jefferson, WI – For the second straight year, Rainbow Hospice Care has been awarded the honor of hosting a Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin member. A program that places individuals with nonprofit organizations across Wisconsin to build and strengthen volunteer programs throughout communities.

These individuals apply for any of the 45 placements available in the state of Wisconsin, if selected they commit to a year of focused training in volunteer management while assisting with such tasks as: recruiting, training, supervising volunteers and other (non-volunteer) tasks specific to the mission of the nonprofit. During a typical day of service at Rainbow Hospice Care, the member may assist with various office tasks, patient care, volunteer recruitment, attend committee meetings, unpack medical supplies, housekeeping, gardening, and attend educational events and conferences.

Last September Rainbow Hospice Care welcomed the first AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin Member to the team, Alyssa Pierson, a social work graduate from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Before coming to Rainbow Hospice Care, Pierson had already completed a year of AmeriCorps service through Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County. There, she managed the volunteer department and acted as family services liaison.

“I stumbled upon AmeriCorps while job searching after college. When I applied, I had never heard of AmeriCorps, but I decided to give it a shot,” said Pierson. “I am already grateful for the experiences I’ve had and everything I’ve learned through AmeriCorps service. Over the last two years, I have been able to serve with two very different, but amazing nonprofits that do so much for the communities they serve.”

While this program is designed to set up their members for success after a period of training, it also directly benefits the programs and organizations they serve, who essentially receive a full-time employee at a discounted cost.

Alyssa Pierson (right) works in the Volunteer Room of the Rainbow Hospice Care Inpatient Center where a variety of roles makes her a very valuable asset.

“Working with our Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps member Alyssa continues to be very beneficial and rewarding for Rainbow,” said Jillaine Hughey, Volunteer Coordinator at Rainbow Hospice Care. “This partnership has allowed us to increase our volunteer productivity, maintaining the top-notch care provided to our patients and their families.”

After one successful year as partners, Rainbow Hospice Care has been awarded another Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin member and are now accepting applications. The next term runs from Monday, September 11, 2017 through August 31, 2018 and must meet specific requirements to be eligible.

Pierson will still be serving for Rainbow Hospice Care throughout the next year, but she has already benefitted from her time here, being accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison Master of Social Work program. She credits this opportunity to her time with Rainbow as a Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin Member.

“AmeriCorps has also provided an opportunity for me to pursue a master’s degree by using my education award,” said Pierson. “Serving with Rainbow Hospice and Habitat for Humanity, has given me knowledge and experience that is absolutely invaluable.”

For more information or to apply please contact Jill Hughey at (920) 674-6255, jillaine.hughey@rainbowhospicecare.org, or visit www.RainbowHospiceCare.org.

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