Local volunteer named Daily Point of Light
Tracy B. Cieniewicz, Hartselle Enquirer
Faye Sparkman of Hartselle was named a Daily Point of Light for March 20 by the Points of Light Foundation &Volunteer Center National Network.
The Daily Point of Light award recognizes volunteers across America who volunteer their time, talent and energy to help others, solve social problems and build strong communities.
Sparkman, a Hospice of the Valley volunteer, was nominated as Volunteer Center of Morgan County Volunteer of the Year in 2004.
Hospice of the Valley provides end-of-life care and grief and bereavement services to residents of Morgan and Lawrence counties, including nursing care, home health aides, medical equipment and supplies, support from social workers and chaplains and volunteers.
"I would do it everyday if they would let me," Sparkman said.
"It may seem sad to some, but it's something I can do and do well. People ask me all the time how I do it, and I tell them because I love it."
As a patient care volunteer, Sparkman visits with patients in their homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and the hospital. Depending on the needs of the patient and family, volunteers can provide companionship to patients or respite care for weary caregivers.
Sparkman, a retired nurse, encourages everyone to volunteer in their communities.
"We all have talents, and we don't use our special talents enough," Sparkman said. "We benefit spiritually and emotionally from spending time with people in need. Everyone should give volunteering a try because you're mind is taken off your own troubles and totally focused on who you're helping."