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.
Here is what Laura had to say about Paul:
One of our wonderful volunteers, Paul has been a volunteer with us since 2004. Prior to COVID, he provided respite and companionship visits to Hospice and Home Health patients. He is also a bereavement volunteer. Since COVID – he has been providing support calls to patients and family members to help them get through a very difficult time in their lives.
Interview with Paul Cahill
Why did you decide to start volunteering at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County?
A very dear friend was given great care by a hospice agency at the last stages of his life. I promised him that, when I had time, I would pay it back for him.
What do you love about volunteering at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County?
I have been with this agency since 2004. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Christine, Laura, my fellow volunteers and the rest of the staff. I look forward to going to in-service meetings or doing work in the office.
Have you participated in other volunteer work before?
Yes. For a number of years, I was a mentor with the Executive on Campus program at Baruch College in NYC. Many of my mentees have become very good friends. I also sing with three choirs.
How do you encourage others to get involved?
What I do, if asks, I tell folks what I do for Visiting Nurse and Hospice and let them make up their own minds. When asked, I give them the contact information.
Is there anything else you would like me to know to include in the spotlight?
I honestly believe that I was called to do this work. I have been very fortunate in my life, and this is one small way of giving back.