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July 12, 2014

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY: Volunteer urges people to give of their time

STILLWATER, Okla. — Name: Jo Martindale

Age: 83

Volunteers: Judith Karman Hospice

Day job: N/A

What she does: Martindale has been a volunteer for Judith Karman Hospice for the past decade. She works in Karman Korner Resale once a week as a cashier for several hours. On Monday’s, she will help organize the store for the coming week.

“On Monday, we’re closed, and we restock and get the store ready for all week,” Martindale said.

After her husband died, Martindale also became a patient volunteer. She offers companionship to the patients by reading with them, writing letters and visiting them.

“It helps the caregiver,” Martindale said. “It gives them time off.”

Why it’s important: Judith Karman Hospice is a nonprofit organization. All of the proceeds raised go toward taking care of patients. For Martindale, this hits close to home.

“They took care of my husband,” Martindale said.

She first became interested in Judith Karman Hospice after she heard an administrator speak about the organization. Martindale said she still has the notes she took that day.

“I just immediately was so convinced of the importance of that, so I went and took the training and have been with them ever since,” Martindale said.

How you can help: Although it is encouraged to wait at least a year after a loved one dies,  patient volunteers are always welcome.

“If they feel like they can do the patient visits, it’s very rewarding,” Martindale said.

Karman Korner also needs volunteers to help restock and be cashiers. It doesn’t have to be a big time commitment.

“If they have an hour or two every Monday to just drop in and help get the store ready for opening on Tuesday through Saturday, that would be helpful,” Martindale said.

Volunteers are also needed at the resale shop to sort and price the items.

“There’s probably four people at least who handle a garment before it’s out here to sell,” Martindale said.


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