At Volunteer Square, we love to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Fairfield County. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others.
November is Hospice Month and we are thrilled to feature story written by Alice Mulligan, Director of Marketing and Development at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, highlighting one of their extraordinary volunteers.
Steve Sweeney of Wilton believes in giving back to his community. The married father of three is a retired CPA and now serves as a Patient Care Volunteer with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.
Steve is warm, personable and a lively conversationalist. In recent years, he visited with several friends who were terminally ill. He realized that by visiting his friends at their time of greatest need, he was able to ease their distress and bring them comfort. The experience changed him and after that, his wife encouraged him to become a hospice volunteer.
For the last five years, Steve has been visiting regularly with patients of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and it has been a profoundly rewarding experience.
“Patients can talk to a volunteer in a way that they can’t necessarily talk to their loved ones,” said Steve. “Sometimes patients tell me things that they are reluctant to discuss with their families so as not to pain or burden them. They are free to tell me anything – I am there to listen with an open heart.”