Getting to Know Friends of Hospice
An interview with Friends of Hospice Board President, Cathy Jostes
What is your mission statement?
Friends of Hospice of the Foothills is a fundraising auxiliary of Hospice of the Foothills. Members of Friends raise money, promote the work , and educate the community about Hospice of the Foothills through fund raising activities.
What is your yearly budget (optional), and how many paid employees do you have?
We are an all volunteer organization. We do not have any paid employees.
What is your nonprofit’s history?
Friends of Hospice of the Foothills began in 1981 with its first regular meeting in 1982.
Breakfast in the Park was our first event which began in 1983 and is still held each June at the St. Candice Hall in Nevada City. In 1988 Tree of Love was added; 1990 saw the addition of Pennies for Hospice, our penny drives which are held four times a year. Jail and Bail came next as well as Arts and Flowers. We do Jail and Bail each March with KNCO radio. Caring Friends and Caring Favors and Caring Friends Bears began in 1992 and 1993 respectively. In 1995 Friends of Hospice of the Foothills published its first newsletter. Butterfly Garden was initiated in 2001 partnering with Hooper and Weaver. In 2004 our first Gala was held; Raise the Roof as a fundraiser for the Compassionate Care Home on Ridge Road. In 2008 Heroes for Hospice and Pave the Way, a memorial brick program was introduced and Pave the Way is an ongoing effort. Our last gala was the Side by Side Concert in 2010 and in 2012 we introduced the No Show Gala which was very well received by the community.
Who is your primary audience?
The community at large.
Friends of Hospice supports Hospice of the Foothills which affirms life and promotes dignity at the end-of-life by providing professional, comprehensive & compassionate care to the patients, their loved ones & the community.
List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit¹s history.
Our biggest achievement is helping to provide funding to Hospice of the Foothills so they can continue to provide, high quality end of life care to 500 + families a year.
List the biggest challenges you face .
Currently, increasing our donations from the community at a time when the gap between the cost of professional and comprehensive hospice care, programs and services and the funding and reimbursement for care continues to widen.
What is your No. 1 short-term goal for the next year?
We need new volunteers who are willing to support fundraising efforts as well as leadership positions.
What is your No. 1 long-term goal for the next three years?
Friends of Hospice of the Foothills exists solely for the purpose of providing funds for Hospice of the Foothills whose hospice programs and services are provided regardless of ability to pay.. Our long term goal is to help Hospice of the Foothills fund the gap between the actual cost of care and the reimbursements available.
What are your major fundraisers and dates?
Currently, our yearly fundraisers include: Jail & Bail in March, Butterfly Garden in May, Breakfast in the Park in June, No Show Gala in August, Tree of Love in November, Pave the Wave (memorial bricks) ongoing, and Penny Drives in April, June, August and October.
What is the best way a person interested in your organization could help?
There are so many ways to help in our organization as a volunteer. We definitely are a “working” organization and “working” board but at the same time we are a friendly, social organization. For anyone interested in joining our events always need volunteers on a continuing basis. In addition, we have an immediate need for people with organizational & computer skills, financial experience, leadership capability as well as volunteers who are creative and can bring new ideas to the table.
For more information about Friends of Hospice or to become a member, please call Virginia Herron at 530-274-5121.