Monday, August 29, 2011

Grateful to Give Back: An Interview with Pathways Volunteer, Bill Jennings

Pathways Home Health & Hospice recognized Bill Jennings of Milpitas, California for outstanding volunteer service by honoring him with the Kennedy Award. Bill has been a volunteer at Pathways Home Health & Hospice since 2006, and is an active member of both bereavement and patient care teams.

A retired trainer with Sony Electronics, Bill has found many opportunities to adapt his professional skills to his volunteer work at Pathways. He uses his interpersonal skills when visiting patients and their families, where he provides companionship, and comfort. He uses his technical skills by creating and maintaining two databases for tracking the non-profits’ bereavement library and Integrative Therapies practices.

We recently sat down with Bill to ask him a few questions about his volunteer experiences at Pathways.

What does being a Pathways volunteer mean to me? 

  • Self fulfillment, personal growth
  • Appreciation from the patients and family you serve
What type of volunteer work do you do and which do you like the best?

  • Hospice visits for companionship with patients and caregiver relief
  • Bereavement calling to families who have lost a loved one
  • Integrative therapies committee
What would you say to those who are considering volunteering at Pathways?

  • So many opportunities to give back
  • What skills do you have that you would like to share with others?
We appreciate you taking the time to talk with us today.  Thank you, Bill! 

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers often find that their greatest satisfaction comes from contributing to the wellbeing of others. They also have the opportunity to apply their talents in fields different from their usual work. For some, volunteering may even lead to a new career. Their gifts of time, energy, and skills fill a unique role that only they can provide. Many volunteers tell us that they learn from working with other dedicated professionals and volunteers.

Finding Your Niche at Pathways

To explore volunteer opportunities at Pathways, call the Manager of Volunteer Services in your area, or visit the “Apply to be a Volunteer” section of our website. After completing an application, you’ll meet with a representative from Volunteer Services to help you find your place at Pathways.

Contact Pathways

In Santa Clara County: 408.773.4219; in Alameda; Contra Costa Counties: 510.613.2017; and in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties: 650.808.4604.  Or visit us online at

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