On Saturday November 28th, Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support held a virtual event, “A little Bit of Jingle.” While we could not hold our traditional Jingle Bell Dinner, the fact remained that this is our primary fundraiser and source of almost 40% of our annual operating budget.
When we reached out to the Lopez community with the reality we faced, we were beyond amazed at the response. Even without an in-person event or items to auction, the community chipped in to make us whole financially for 2021.
Our desire to say ‘thank you’ was paramount, and “A Little Bit of Jingle” was created to do just that. We spent much of the event shining the light on some of the many good people who contribute to the good work of LIHHS.
Jess Ingman told us about her first year as Client Services Manager and needing to develop safety plans for all clients and volunteers. As Jess said, “Amidst much uncertainty, we can still open up to one another to share our needs and gifts.”
Sheryl Mercer shared her perspective as a volunteer and new Board member. “We are so fortunate on this island. When we become vulnerable, at any age, and need support, help is available. When I say vulnerable, I mean not only individuals with serious, ongoing medical needs, but also any of us who at some point just need a helping hand.”
We also celebrated the gift of Lynne Keeley as the Office Manager, and the heart of the organization, for over a decade, while we honored her decision to resign and move to Seattle.
In between the stories, we drew names from those who had donated to “A Little Bit of Jingle” for gift certificate prizes donated by our amazing local food and beverage businesses. As we said during the event, “we could not hold a dinner this year, but we will still FEED YOU!”
All in all, it was a heartfelt evening of offering our thanks…to our supporters, sponsors, volunteers, staff, and to our local businesses who have had a very rough year themselves and still wanted to help. Thank you, Lopez Island. You are amazing!
A special thanks to our amazing supporters of The Little Bit of Jingle!
Ascent Building • Airlift Northwest • Barn Owl Bakery • Blossom Grocery • Doug & Heidi Bowen •
Trevor & Joanne Bryant • Bucky’s • Dixie Budke • Cliff & Mary Ann Cameron • Peter & Betsy Currie •
Jeffrey & Lorena Daggett • Judy Dern • El Taco Bout It • Gordon & Joan Eustis • Evans Funeral
Chapel • Ralph Bladt & Barb Fulton • Peter & Karin Gandini • Sherry Brummel & Jim Ghigilione •
Charles Givens • Diane Dear & Todd Goldsmith • Spud & Karen Grimes
• Cindy Guenther • Diana Hancock • Haven Kitchen & Bar • Carey Chenoweth & Perry Heffelfinger •
Michele Heller • Levanne Hendrix • Holly B’s Bakery • Isabel’s Espresso • Island Air Insurance •
Island Hospital • Islanders Bank • Islanders Insurance • Islanders Resort • Charlie & Margo
Janeway • Scott & Suzi Jennings • Timothy Madison & Christine Kerlin • Elizabeth Landrum • Les
Schwab Tires – Anacortes • Lopez Community Church • Lopez Grind Coffee Shop • Lopez Island Brewing
• Lopez Island Pharmacy • Lopez Village Market • Lopez Vineyard • Ginger Lowell • Timothy Maxson •
Bob & Pamela McCabe • Terry Larson & Nora McCloy • Barbara Nason • North Sound Communication •
North Star Farm • Bob & Sean O’Connell • Patrick & Kathleen Pallansch • Kim & Ciro Pasciuto • Pete & Karen Peterson •
Poutine Your Mouth
• Dan Harris & Dianne Pressenda • Richardson Fuel • Gayle Isbell & Tom Ruggles • David & Patie
Savage • Corky& Nancy Searls • Bette Shuh • Sisters of St. Joseph • St. Francis Parish • Jamie & Lauren Stephens •
Richard Strachan •
Sunnyfield Farm • Sunset Builders Supply • Allan Tamm • Jim & Colleen Thomas • Ursa Minor • Vita’s
Vortex • Randall Dickson & Ron Walters • Ted & Marylynn Whitley • Windermere Real Estate • Fons & Nancy Wynen
In the early 90s, a group of island residents saw an urgent need for hospice care and home support on Lopez. This collection of caring people had a desire to help their neighbors, and although successful for a while, there was no real plan for recruiting or training others. It did, however, lay the groundwork for Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support.
1997 was a banner year for Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support. We received a $25,000 start-up grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, enabling us to incorporate as a 501(c) (3) organization, and set up training, organized services, and comprehensive programming.
For twenty years, we have been responsive to the Lopez community. We’ve provided hospice services and home support to countless Lopez Island neighbors. Fulfilling our mission statement of providing services to Lopezians experiencing illness, injury, and/or loss, we’ve enjoyed enormous community support, our caseload has grown, our networks remain rich and responsive, and community members continue to seek our training and remain as volunteers.
As part of this year’s celebration, we honor seven faithful volunteers who participated in our first training twenty years ago and still volunteer today: Gale McCallum, Kathleen Montgomery, Karen Petersen, Maureen Rogers, Jan Sundquist, and Mariette and Murray Trelease.
Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support is a non-profit, all volunteer organization providing our Lopez Island neighbors with professional case management, chore and respite services, errands, transportation, and maybe a friendly little game of cribbage. Grief support services, a cancer support group, and a caregiver support group help people going through major changes in their lives. And we have a wide variety of durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers and shower benches available for short-and long-term loan.
Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support received non-profit status in 1997. Since that time, thanks to regular grants from the Lopez Island Thrift Store and the kindness of so many people, both on and off island, our volunteers have served more than 350 clients and their families over the years.
All our services, including the use of durable medical equipment, are offered without charge regardless of age, gender, race, or religion. Those with short-term, long-term or life-limiting illness or disabilities qualify for our care.
The need for hospice and home support on Lopez Island cannot be overstated. In such a small community, the loss of even one person is greatly felt. Thanks to our volunteers and the generosity of Lopez Islanders, we can help our neighbors stay in their homes during illness or at the end of life, enhancing life on Lopez Island for one and all.
"…I can't believe how lucky we are to have this service."
"How could we manage without our volunteers?"
"The time I now have to devote to myself when the volunteer is here helps me keep going."
"…of all the things my family and I received from all the hospice volunteers, the one of greatest value is the unexpected kindness all the volunteers brought to us and represented to us throughout this ordeal."
The Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support office was closed due to concerns brought on by the coronavirus, but we are now open again. Please call the office at (360) 468-4446 for our current hours. Outside of office hours, for client services and for our volunteers, please call Jess Ingman at 360-762-5358; for durable medical equipment, please call Tom Ruggles at 468-3266, or Tara Dalton at 468-3875. Thank you for your understanding.
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Need Medical Equipment?
We have a wide variety of equipment available, including walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, commodes, toilet seat risers, and other items to make your life easier, long term or short term. Contact the office, 468-4446. Or drop by, 178 Weeks Road, kitty corner from the post office.
Would you like to volunteer?
Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support is always looking for volunteers.
See How You Can Help.
In case of emergency dial 911
From cell phone: (360) 378-4141
For non-emergency: (360) 378-4151
10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm
Monday - Thursday
Office at 178 Weeks Road