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Agrace Names Marcia Whittington Chief Development Officer

MarciaWhittingtonMADISON, Wis. – Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care has named Marcia Whittington Chief Development Officer, effective immediately. Whittington returns to Agrace after serving as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Edgewood College. Agrace is a nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin communities for more than 35 years.

As Chief Development Officer, Whittington will lead all Foundation activities and programs, including Agrace’s charitable and capital campaigns, annual fundraising appeals, planned giving, grants, special events, donor development and the three Agrace thrift stores.

“With her strong commitment to Agrace’s mission and past successes within our organization, we are thrilled to have Marcia Whittington return to Agrace as Chief Development Officer,” said Lynne Myers, Agrace president and CEO.  “Marcia’s leadership will strongly position the Agrace Foundation to be able to support the many services Agrace provides that are not reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance companies. Donations to Agrace defray costs for these services as well as patient-care services provided to uninsured or underinsured patients.”

Whittington has more than 20 years of development and fundraising experience within the Greater Madison non-profit community. Prior to her recent turn at Edgewood College, she served as Vice President of Foundation and Holdings at Agrace. In that role Whittington was responsible for raising more than $40 million, including two capital campaigns and nearly $4 million in annual giving. She has also served as CEO of Gilda’s Club, and has worked with both the Meriter Hospital Foundation and the UW Foundation.

Whittington resides in Waunakee.  She is active in her church and her children’s school.  She currently serves as Vice Chair for TEMPO Madison Board of Directors, is an active member of Madison Downtown Rotary, Associated Fundraising Professionals, Meeting Professionals International, The Wisconsin Cancer Council and is a past board member of Goodman Community Center and the Madison Area Continuing Care Consortium, Inc.

For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit agrace.org.

 

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves more than 650 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.

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Agrace Employee Receives National Guard Patriot Award

Gabe-LaPierre-IA-Article-ph(left to right): Gabe LaPierre; Frederick McCormick, Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve Wisconsin Committee; Dawn Barrett; Denise Gloede.As printed in Wisconsin Health News, August 19, 2014

MADISON, Wis. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves, an agency of the Wisconsin Department of Defense, has awarded Agrace HospiceCare employee Dawn Barrett the Patriot Award in recognition of her extraordinary support of Agrace employees serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Barrett was nominated for being highly supportive of the of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and her Reserve Component employee, Chief Warrant Officer Two, Gabriel LaPierre. LaPierre has been employed by Agrace since August, 2013. During the 12 months as a registered nurse on Agrace’s Care Access Team, LaPierre has also served as a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. “During my short time with Agrace,” said LaPierre, “I have been absent for military training for extended periods of time. The consideration giving to me in coordinating these weeks away has been outstanding.”

During the same presentation ceremony, Denise Gloede, vice president, Agrace clinical services, accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of Agrace from ESGR complimenting the organization on the support shown toward all servicemen and women.

Agrace provides specialized care and support to patients and their families facing serious illness. For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit agrace.org.

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves nearly 650 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.

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Volunteers needed at Agrace Thrift Store in Janesville

Judy Purcell for Thrift PRAs printed in the Janesville Gazette, written by Shelly Birkelo, August 15, 2014

JANESVILLE—Karen Collas greeted shoppers at the front of Agrace Thrift Store, where she provides volunteer customer service.

Josie McIntosh was sorting and pricing donations for sale on the floor.

Ellen Ward busied herself in the stock room.

The three Janesville women are among 50 store volunteers.

Twenty more volunteers, 16 and older, are needed, especially for weekend shifts, said Judy Purcell, retail business manager of Agrace thrift stores in Janesville and Madison.

Volunteers are asked to work four-hour shifts once a week Monday through Friday or a shift every other weekend during a minimum six-month commitment, she said.

Customer service and merchandise volunteer options are available, Purcell said.

Those who choose to provide customer service operate the cash register, answer the phone and help customers.

Merchandising involves receiving, sorting and pricing donated items, stocking merchandise on the sales floor and helping create displays, she said.

Volunteers play an important role with Agrace because 100 percent of shop proceeds support the patients and families served by Agrace hospice and palliative care, Purcell said.

The resale shops also support Agrace grief services, clinical education, volunteer training and charity care, she said.

Personal stories of people who used Agrace programs and services led Collas, McIntosh and Ward to volunteer at the Janesville store that opened May 17 at 2043 Humes Road.

It was a natural fit for Collas, a retired teacher, to volunteer after losing a neighbor who received Agrace services.

"Her daughters spoke highly about the compassionate support Agrace provided and how comforting it was to them. I've never heard a bad word about it," she said.

The nonprofit health care organization provides services to patients and families throughout southern Wisconsin.

McIntosh, who is a retired nurse, said Agrace helped a family member.

"I saw what this organization did and how it helped, so I wanted to help," she said.

Agrace cared for Ward's husband for two weeks before he died two years ago.

"They put me at ease," she said.

Ward didn't think she'd ever be able to repay Agrace for what it did for her and her husband. She is volunteering at the store so others can receive the help they did.

"I love it," she said of the staff and volunteers.

"It's a gracious organization and I enjoy it," Ward said of her volunteerism.

Chelsea Smith, Janesville Agrace Thrift Store manager, agreed: "There are a plethora of opportunities with ongoing training."

"They are ambassadors for Agrace," Purcell said.

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TO VOLUNTEER

To learn about Agrace Thrift Store volunteer opportunities, stop at the store, 2043 Humes Road, and speak with Manager Chelsea Smith, call 608-314-2922 or visit agrace.org/volunteer.

Volunteers complete a phone interview process, submit an application and attend an orientation to learn more about Agrace and the ways volunteers contribute to its mission. After references are returned and background checks verified, Agrace will schedule shifts and and training.

Volunteer opportunities range from customer service to merchandising.

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Agrace East Thrift Store to Host Volunteer Open House

MADISON, Wis. – Are you looking for a unique, fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Agrace Thrift Store has an immediate need for volunteers to help prepare donations for sale and run the cash register at their east-side location. The store, located at 1733 Thierer Road in Madison, runs almost exclusively thanks to the time and talent of generous community volunteers.

People interested in volunteering can stop in to learn more during regular store hours, or attend the thrift store’s volunteer open house, Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. through noon at the store. Individuals can also learn more by calling Agrace at (608) 327-7163 or visiting agracethriftstore.org

Agrace has an immediate need for volunteers for the following East thrift store roles:

Customer Service

Operates cash register, answers phone and provides exceptional customer service

Merchandise

Receives, sorts and prices donated items: stocks merchandise on the sales floor and assists in creating displays

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one four-hour shift per week for shifts on Monday through Friday, or, a shift every other weekend. The thrift store accepts and welcomes time-off requests. At least a six-month commitment is appreciated.

Shopping, donating and volunteering at Agrace Thrift Stores helps Agrace serve local patients and families coping with serious illness. Agrace is a nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in south central Wisconsin communities for more than 35 years.

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Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville Now Serving Patients

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A ribbon cutting for the 12-bed Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care was celebrated with Agrace staff, Forward Janesville and the Milton and Beloit Chambers of Commerce on June 27. 

JANESVILLE, Wis. – A ribbon cutting for the 12-bed Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care was celebrated with Agrace staff, Forward Janesville and the Milton and Beloit Chambers of Commerce on June 27. The new 12-bed inpatient hospice facility, located at 2901 N. Wright Rd in Janesville, began serving patients July 1.

Agrace provides short-term, acute care for its hospice patients at the Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville. Inpatient care is utilized when hospice patients have urgent or complex pain or other symptoms that cannot be managed at home or in another care setting.

The new facility also features collaboration spaces for Agrace staff who provide in-home hospice care locally, as well as public spaces that will be used for grief support groups, staff and volunteer training, and community education and outreach.

The Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care is a gift to the Rock County community completely funded through community donations. Donations to the Agrace Foundation’s Sharing the Journey, Building the Memory capital campaign are still needed. To donate or request more information, please call Jayme Roth at (608) 314-2923 or donate online at agrace.org/campaign. For more information about Agrace or to tour the facility, call (608) 755-1871 or visit agrace.org.

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves nearly 650 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.

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