Posted by: mollyrossiter | May 6, 2009

It’s a small world

Volunteers with Hospice Compassus in Cedar Rapids planted a red maple tree at Taylor Elementary on Arbor Day. The volunteers wanted the tree to stand as a sign of hope.

Volunteers with Hospice Compassus in Cedar Rapids planted a red maple tree at Taylor Elementary on Arbor Day. The volunteers wanted the tree to stand as a sign of hope.

The volunteers at Hospice Compassus — formerly Amenity Hospice — knew they wanted to do something to give back to the community that has supported them for years.

In early April, with Arbor Day approaching, a corps of hospice volunteers at the Cedar Rapids office, 610 32nd Ave. SW, decided to plant a tree, and thought that doing so at the Taylor Elementary site  — heavily damaged by last year’s flood — would be an ideal site. The school is closed this year, but district officials and neighborhood leaders have worked to ensure it would reopen next year.

Linda said the group saw the struggles Taylor officials faced — and are working to overcome — as a sign of hope for the neighborhood. She said the volunteers wanted to help plant another symbol of hope there.

The group learned there was a planting project already planned for the school, so they joined in existing efforts.

“There were so many things that happened that day, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Linda Barnett, volunteer coordinator with Hospice Compassus.

To start, Arbor Day fell in the middle of National Volunteer Week, a week set aside to recognize volunteers.

Then, as she was talking to Taylor school parents and officials, Linda learned something about the building: it’s not only home to the elementary school students who attend, but several agencies and offices which provide assistance to those kids’ families.

“It’s amazing how many services are offered in that building,” Linda said.

She learned one other thing while talking to Taylor parents: the Cedar Rapids Hospice Compassus office is located within the boundary of the neighborhood her volunteers wanted to help.

“It was kind of neat how this all came together,” she said. “All these things just kind of fell into place. It was really a God thing.”

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Responses

  1. Thank you for not only volunteering, but also thinking green by planting a tree. All of our lives are better for it.


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