Leona Laugeness: Celebrating Three Decades of Volunteering

After 30 years of service, Leona Laugeness has worn many hats at Hospice of the Red River Valley. While her dedication to the organization is noteworthy, when one considers her commitment is entirely in a volunteer capacity, her story extends beyond admirable, to remarkable. Only an elite few have volunteered for Hospice of the Red River Valley since its...

Why I Volunteer for Hospice

By Hilde van Gijssel, Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer I believe in living life to its fullest, to make every day worth living. At the same time, I believe there is only one sure thing in life and that is I will die someday. I hope that day will not come for a long time. I am not...

Celebrating 30 Years of Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers have played a pivotal role since Hospice of the Red River Valley’s inception 30 years ago. Today, more than 500 volunteers share their time and kindness with patients and their families throughout our service area. Three of these volunteers— Leona, Gayle and Arlene—have served the organization since its earliest years. During their 56 years …

Making Unexpected Connections by Volunteering for Hospice

By Cheryl Melbye Hospice of the Red River Valley has had a special place in my heart for years, as I’ve listened to countless stories of lives that have been touched through the care and comfort of this special organization. And as a person who became acquainted with grief at a young age, with the death of my oldest brother,...