Salem Club donates $1,172 to Community Hospice

The Salem Club donated a check for $1,172 to the Community Hospice on Monday as part of its ongoing charitable support program. The Community Hospice is located at 2341 E. State St., B, and Randy Agee, president of the Salem Club said it tries to donate a least $2,500 to charitable causes each year. Pictured during the check presentation are, from left, Frank Goetz, U.S, Navy veteran and Salem Club member, Agee presents the check to Pixie Furbee, Veterans Service Coordinator for the Community Hospice, Heather Kane, volunteer coordinator in the Community Hospice Salem office, and Augie Thomas, U.S. Navy veteran and Salem Club member. The Salem Club is located at 542 B. Broadway Ave. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

SALEM — The Salem Club had more than $1,100 left over from the veterans poker run it held in 2017 and wanted to make a charitable contribution.

Randy Agee, president of the club located at 542 S. Broadway Ave., said it donates a minimum of $2,500 each year to charity.

On Monday, Agee, along with two other club members, Francis Goetz and Augie Thomas, both U.S. Navy veterans, met with Heather Kane, volunteer coordinator for Community Hospice at 2341 E. State St., B, and Pixie Furbee, the Veterans Services Coordinator for Community Hospice, and delivered a check for $1,172.

Community Hospice serves Columbiana, Carroll, Stark, Tuscarawas and surrounding counties with “peace, hope and compassion” and has a census of about 260-265 people.

It also participates in a “We Honor Veterans,” a national awareness program that focuses on strengthening partnerships and networking with other veteran organizations.

Furbee said Community Hospice’s veterans volunteer team goes to nursing homes, hospices, assisted living facilities and even reunions. Furbee organizes the services, noting “We’ve seen 500 veterans in the past year.”

Holding level three status in the program, its activities include ongoing veteran-focused education provided to its staff and volunteers to help understand unique end-of-life issues that veterans face.

During the referral/admission process a military checklist is completed to identify veterans entering Community Hospice, which also partners medical centers and service organizations to assure veterans access to all the benefits available.

Veterans are also recognized with pinning and remembrance ceremonies which provide the opportunity to acknowledge the military service and sacrifices made by veterans and their families.

Veterans are given pins, flags and certificates and to date more than 500 veterans have been honored at pinning and remembrance ceremonies.

“It’s the mission,” Furbee said, “our team has quite a reputation” adding that not every hospice frames the certificate.

There are 25 volunteers “that deal with veterans, that do the pinnings,” she said.

Community Hospice also is currently raising money to develop a permanent veterans memorial in a reflective area outside of the Community Hospice House in New Philadelphia to honor patients who bravely served America.

In Columbiana County, the hospice interfaces with 45-50 people on a regular basis.