Premier “Volunteer Spotlight”

Name: Vince Punzo
Occupation: Professor of Psychology at Earlham College
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy running, reading and am a big baseball fan. My favorite team is the Chicago Cubs and I’ve seen a baseball game at over 35 different Major League stadiums.

What made you interested in hospice volunteering? I started teaching a class on death and dying at Earlham College. I realized that being a hospice volunteer would allow me to better understand the philosophy and practice of hospice care and then I could pass that knowledge along to my students.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? The chance to get to know some truly remarkable people and those times when I am able to ease a patient’s loneliness or anxiety and bring a smile to their face.

Advice for new volunteers: Realize that each patient is different in terms of their personality, needs, and sociability. So a “one size fits all” approach to being a hospice volunteer does not work. You need to listen carefully to each particular patient and adapt yourself to what works best for that individual.

For more information on volunteering, contact Premier Hospice Or email us at: info@premierhospicein.com.

Vince Punzo