The Benevolence Fund

Immediate Patient Basic Need Support

When our nurses, nursing assistance, chaplains, social workers and volunteers visit our new patients, they often find that they have insufficient food, heart or cool air, gas to go to doctor’s appointments, etc.  The employees of Hospice of Washington County began an employee giving program, formed a committee to review basic immediate need requests and are committed to providing not only the basic needs but comfort needs to patients as well.  This program is a stopgap measure while our social workers work with the many community organizations that can provide on-going support.  Your gift will support our efforts and insure that immediate funds continue to be available to support our patients and their families.

Funeral Expense Support

While the community is extremely generous in donating unneeded cemetery plots to HWC for use of our patients, the true expense lies in the opening and closing of the graves and the funeral itself.  This has consistently been a challenge for many families we serve.  Imagine having to experience the death of a loved one and then not having the funds to have a dignified burial.  You gift will provide the funds necessary for us to support the wishes of families in need.  Minimum donations to this program are suggested at $500.

Un- and Underinsured Patient Support

While HWC turns away no patient regardless of ability to pay or lack of insurance, this type of benevolence coverage is very worthy of community support and will allow HWC to serve even more patients in the future.  Hospice of Washington County was pleased to be the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Washington County last year to assist in this program.  You gift of any size to support our un- and underinsured patients will be greatly appreciated.

The Jennifer Fund – supporting patient who are 18 years and younger

Hospice of Washington County serves pediatric patients as they are referred to us.  We know that providing hospice care to children is much different than providing care to the adults that we serve.  For this reason, additional funding is needed to support the on-going, long-term needs of our pediatric patients as well as their families.  There is currently no other type of funding for the on-going needs of this type of program.  Dr. Ira Lourie is committed to the success of this fund which is named for his daughter.  Donations to The Jennifer Fund will make a direct difference in the lives of our pediatric patients and their families.

To donate to any of these benevolent programs, please download the benevolence giving form and mail it with you donation to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD  21742.  Kindly make your checks payable to HWC.