If one person can be an inspiration to another to step out and give volunteering a try, then we can all make a difference.
Virginia native Vanessa Watson is a strong believer in the power of helping others. As a volunteer with Capital Caring, Vanessa provides comfort to seriously ill hospice patients. By doing something kind for a neighbor, friend or community member, Vanessa feels she can be an inspiration to others and together, everyone can make a difference.
“I would categorize my role with Capital Caring as a companion,” says Vanessa. “I go into private homes or facilities and create relationships, when I can, with the patients. I sit with them, hold their hands, talk about things, bird watch and listen to their stories. They have all lived beautiful lives and have great life experiences to share. My life is richer because of them.”
Capital Caring provides the highest quality advanced illness care with dignity, respect, and compassion through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Founded in 1977, Dr. Josefina Magno was a pioneer who understood that people living with serious illnesses needed substantial and sustained care. Over the years, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care and counseling to nearly 120,000 patients and their families across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping others, but my volunteering truly began when I became a Christian,” says Vanessa. “My church had so many opportunities to serve. We went to homeless shelters, worked food banks and went on mission trips amongst other things. One of God’s commandments is to love our neighbor and in doing so, you must look outside of yourself and offer a hand of support.”
When Vanessa isn’t volunteering, she enjoys reading, working in her yard, hanging out with her dogs and cooking with all types of Cabot cheese. Vanessa’s friend Corrine will join her on the cruise.