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American Pride Invites Area Residents to Celebrate and Honor Veterans

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Launch of new online digital memorial invites residents to salute Veteran service

In conjunction with Memorial Day, families throughout the Miami Valley are invited to help expand a tribute to Veterans that is part of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton American Pride Veteran Memorial.

“We are committed to caring for and honoring veterans as part of our mission and our American Pride program,” explains President/CEO Kent Anderson. “We want to include the entire community in this effort by encouraging them to pay tribute and thank Veterans for their service and sacrifice.”

The American Pride Veteran Memorial at the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Hospice House , 324 Wilmington Avenue in Dayton, is a moving commemoration that includes illustrated panels dedicated to American military campaigns ranging from the Revolutionary War to the War Against Terror. Each branch of the service is represented with a flag, and the American flag flies proudly at the center of the display. The memorial also includes a computer kiosk that features pictures and stories about veterans.

By visiting www.hospiceofdayton.org/veterans, community members can enter their own stories or stories about loved ones, and upload photos of Veterans, honoring their lives and service. All stories submitted will be accessible online and on display at the American Pride Veteran Memorial. The stories are searchable by name. Any Veteran from the Miami Valley region is eligible to be included.

“This Memorial is dedicated to the Veterans we serve through Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, but also to every Veteran from our community,” says Anderson. “Honoring their service is in keeping with our mission and our commitment to this community.”

Contributions to support the American Pride Veteran Memorial and mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton can also be made by visiting www.hospiceofdayton.org/veterans

 

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AmeriCorps Volunteers Visit Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

The flower beds at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton were recently given extra care, thanks to the giving hands of AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers from the North Central Region.

From Vinton, Iowa, the group of 18-24 year olds volunteered at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and worked seven hours on Monday, May 16 planting annuals and maintaining our flower beds.  The group was led by our lead landscaper Miriam Wolf.

The volunteers are participating in a 10-month program traveling in the Northwestern region to help strengthen communities and their own leadership skills.  Currently, eight members are here in Dayton for two months working with the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm as part of a grant.

The staff from Aullwood suggested the volunteers extend their services to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton to help meet the 80 hours of community service they are required to meet.

One of the volunteers Keira Larson, 23, from Chandler, Arizona has never had exposure to a hospice and mentioned the other members were new to the environment as well. “We have been very fortunate with our experience,” Larson commented.

“I think that the young adults volunteering at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton are gaining a new story and experience to share,” said Team Leader Ashley Frampton. “Many have never been to a hospice before, and I think it is good for them to familiarize themselves with what is in their home community. I hope they all walk away from the day with a new perspective and knowledge.”

Frampton went on to say volunteering at a hospice is a great way for them to help out at a place with which they are unfamiliar.

“I am proud of my team for taking the initiative and reaching out to help organizations in the community where we are living and serving,” Frampton said, “It is the first time they have volunteered at a hospice and I hope it is not the last.”

The volunteers were given a tour of our Hospice House and educated on the mission and services we provide. After learning more about hospice, the volunteers felt so good about the work they were doing for our organization that they came back to serve another day.  We were happy with the news!

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton thanks the AmeriCorps Volunteers for their hard work and wishes them well in their valuable work.

Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC

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Green Energy Ohio Tour Highlights Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

GEO-Tour-LogoOhio’s Hospice of Dayton is excited to be included on the Green Energy Ohio Tour taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3, 4 and 5. This free event features self-guided, guided or open house tours across Ohio highlighting homes, businesses and public places that are using green technologies.

Alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and green design will be among the featured designs included in the tour.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will share information and a tour of the solar panel array that provides energy and climate control for a storage building located on the campus at 324 Wilmington Avenue in Dayton. According to facilities manager and solar advocate Mark Wagner, the solar energy produced at the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton site produced energy in the first 12 months of operation equivalent to:

  • powering 3 homes annually
  • removing 4 cars from the road
  • planting 1,140 trees
  • the power produced by 18 barrels of oil
  • The array has offset 45,570lbs (21 metric tons) of carbon emissions in its first year. This is equivalent to CO2 emissions from:
  • 2,372 gallons of gasoline consumed
  • 22,501 pounds of coal burned

And greenhouse gas emissions from:

  • 7 tons of waste sent to a landfill
  • 50,559 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle

The solar system includes 96 solar modules, 2 inverters and produced 30,000kWh in the first year of operation. Those participating in the Green Energy Ohio tour can visit the site and learn more about it Friday, June 3 from 4 to 6 pm, Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 4 pm.

It is the first of several green approaches to energy and efficiency planned for the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton campus.

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Father’s Day Luncheon Honors Memories of Dad

Father's DayIn honor of Father’s Day, the grief support program of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is offering special support to those who have lost their fathers.

Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton invites members of the public who have lost their father to attend a Father’s Day luncheon on Tuesday, June 14 to honor memories of Dad. The program will be held from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Community Room at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. According to Bereavement Counselor Debbie Holt, MS, PCC-S, the Father’s Day program is designed to remember and honor fathers who have been lost in the last year.

“For many, Father’s Day can be a painful holiday for those who have recently lost their Dad,” Holt explains. “While a single event can’t heal the pain, the luncheon will provide opportunities to share with others who are experiencing the same loss and will provide helpful information on how to cope with the grief the holiday brings.”

Honoring will come through the sharing of memories and personal histories. It won’t be necessary to speak the memories if the attendee chooses not to, but setting aside time to reflect on those memories can be very helpful.

Advance reservations are required. Those interested in attending can contact Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991.

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