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Thank you for your interest in learning more about Fox Valley Hands of Hope. For media inquiries, please contact Greg Weider, executive director, by phone at: 630.232.2233, extension 212.

New Name, New Direction

Fox Valley Hands of Hope builds on organization’s 35-year history
GENEVA, Ill. (Oct. 29, 2015) – Fox Valley Hands of Hope is the new name for the volunteer-driven, non-profit organization previously known as Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice. The name more closely aligns to the services the organization provides. It reflects a new strategic direction to expand services that provide hope for those experiencing grief while continuing to provide supportive care to those who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

Since 1981, the organization has served more than 22,000 clients and their families in the greater Fox Valley area. “While our name and vision are new, we are retaining our deep roots in the local communities we serve, and we will continue to provide the highest level of compassionate care to those in need, at no cost,” said Greg Weider, executive director of Fox Valley Hands of Hope.

“We are creating a better connection between our organization’s strengths and the needs of the local community. This connection allows Fox Valley Hands of Hope to expand and more effectively deliver its core services of bereavement support and volunteer-based supportive care to those needing hope.”

According to Weider, the organization’s board of directors agreed to the name change in August. “Our board of directors put forward an enhanced mission and new vision that repositions the organization in the context of the ever-changing environment in which we operate,” he said.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope builds on a nearly 35-year history as a leading provider of exemplary services to those in the greater Fox Valley area experiencing grief or life-threatening illnesses. The organization is funded through the support of individual donors, foundations, civic organizations, mental health boards and local businesses.

The organization’s new name better reflects its new direction, and is a nod to one of its most successful volunteer services programs, Hands of Hope. For more than 12 years, volunteers in this program have provided emotional support and a healing presence for those undergoing chemotherapy at Dreyer Medical Clinic in Aurora, Ill., and at Presence Health Regional Cancer Care Center in Elgin, Ill.

Volunteerism is at the heart of Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Each year, the organization engages more than 400 volunteers to provide its services. Every volunteer receives training, continuing education and staff support to best meet the needs of the Fox Valley community.

“Fox Valley Hands of Hope will continue to play an important role in addressing the challenges of loss of life, providing the training, resources, support and best practices upon which our clients and their families have come to depend,” Weider said.

For information about Fox Valley Hands of Hope, or to volunteer or make a donation, please call 630.232-2233.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope Receives Grant

Fox Valley Hands of Hope has received a capital improvements grant from The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The grant, in the amount of $9,600, is designated for a new medical equipment washer.

Fox Valley Hands of Hope has a lending closet where members of the community in need can borrow medical equipment free of charge.  This includes items such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, commodes and shower chairs.  The grant for the equipment washer will allow the agency to provide the essential service of effectively cleaning and sterilizing the equipment before it is loaned out.

The mission of Fox Valley Hands of Hope is to enhance the quality of life and to provide hope for those experiencing grief or life-threatening illness.  Their professional staff and trained volunteers are community-funded, allowing them to provide the best in compassionate care to the community, free of charge.  Their programs are designed to provide support for adults, children and families, regardless of age, income level, race, or religious beliefs.  For more information, go to www.fvhh.net.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County, Illinois. Further information about the Community Foundation is available at www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.