Bridgway Hospice volunteer Michael Shattuck was recognized with the national Points of Light award for volunteer service. The award is presented by the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service for volunteers that inspire change and improve the world through their service.
Mr. Shattuck greets and directs patients at both Bridgeway Hospice and the Wellstar Health Center Infectious Disease unit. He is a friendly blessing to both patients and staff alike, welcoming and assisting however he can. His motivation to contribute stems from his own experience as a patient.
Mike was suffering from multiple illnesses for four consecutive years. He would go to a clinic, get treated, and come back home. When his medical conditions were getting treated, Mike had nobody visit him. His personal experience motivated him to help others in need of companionship and emotional support. In July 2017, he joined Bridgeway Hospice with a clear goal of contributing towards providing with the most comfortable and compassionate end-of-life experience.
Speaking of the award Michael says he is “honored to receive this award. My interpretation of Christianity is to render aid, succor and comfort to the poor, sick and dying.” He goes on to say that “you either contribute to the world or take from it. Like it or not, we are all part of one global organism.”
Points of Light engages more than four million volunteers in 30 million individual hours of service each year. They recognize a special volunteer five days a week in the US and the UK.
“The Daily Point of Light Award recognizes exceptional individuals who are using their time, talent, voice and treasure to improve the lives of others,” said Jaqueline Innocent, VP of Recognition Programs of Points of Light. “These points of light, like Michael Shattuck, make an impact on individuals while also helping build resilient communities.”
Michael Shattuck continues to inspire others with his work and hopes to show others they can make a difference in their communities too.
Bridgeway Hospice is committed to bridging the way to comfort and peace. Just like Mike’s service and commitment to hospice patients, hospice volunteering is a very rewarding experience that will challenge and enrich volunteers from all walks of life.
To learn more about Michael Shattuck’s work, visit http://www.bridgewayhospice.org/volunteer/ and http://www.pointsoflight.org/programs/recognition/dpol/awards/6238