Hometown Hero Spotlight on Nancy Shullman

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, annual volunteer recognition events had to be canceled so we wanted to offer an alternative way to honor volunteers. We reached out to all the volunteer coordinators we work with and asked them to nominate volunteers. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website, over the next several weeks. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

Hometown Hero - Nancy Shullman - Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County
Nominated by -Laura Rundell, Volunteer Coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Here is what Laura had to say about Nancy:

Nancy does our monthly bereavement calls to families who have lost a loved one in care with us. She is caring, compassionate and empathetic. I have gotten many calls from family members to tell me how much it means to have a volunteer from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County take time out of their day to talk with them and let them know they are not on their own in the grief process. Grief can create a sense of isolation – made so much worse during the pandemic - so the work that our bereavement volunteers do is particularly essential when it is harder for the bereaved to connect in person with family, friends or other sources of support.

Interview with Nancy Shullman

Why did you decide to start volunteering at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County?

When my parents died I wanted to give back to the organization that was so good to my mom and dad. I had always wanted to volunteer with VNHFC and was thrilled to join their team. The experience has been wonderful.

What do you love about volunteering at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County?

It's the people that work for visiting nurse and the volunteers. I have met some of the kindest, loving people ever.

Have you participated in other volunteer work before?

I volunteer at church. I teach religious education and work with the youth on different things.

How do you encourage others to get involved?

I let them know what a great organization Visiting Nurse and Hospice is. They actually care about others and are selfless. Christine and Laura are amazing.

Is there anything else you would like me to know to include in the spotlight?

I am humbled by the people that volunteer and the workers. People say that I am so special to be doing this and I say, I'm really not that special. I volunteer with a lot of very special people who are just amazing individuals.