Quiet Hero, Pat Muro, Alta Sierra | TheUnion.com

Quiet Hero, Pat Muro, Alta Sierra

Pat Muro
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The groups I volunteer for: Hospice of the Foothills and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. I’m in several ministries there.

What I do for the group: I’m a patient support volunteer. I go into the homes, wherever I’m needed. For the church, I’m part of the Rite of Initiation team, and I’m a Eucharistic minister, and I go wherever they ask me.

How I got involved: Both my parents were recipients of hospice care. They gave me so much support and caring and made my parents’ journey so much easier. I wanted to be a part of this compassionate organization, so I joined. I am a member of St. Patrick’s Church and I got called to the ministries I serve.

Why I think this group’s work is important: I feel the need for patients when they’re going on this journey and we fill in the gaps for the patient and the family. The church feeds me and helps me to become the person I am. My faith is my driving force.

The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: For hospice it’s the privilege of going into a sacred place with an individual and being part of their space and being accepted. It’s an honor and privilege. With the church I get nourished, and I’m part of this special family of God.

Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I worked with farm workers in the Cesar Chavez movement, and I worked in the inner city with homeless and neglected children. I also did missionary work in Baja, California.

I’ve lived in Nevada County: 18 years.

The most important job that faces us as a community is: The willingness to care about people, and we have that here in Nevada County. This is a very generous community.

I think volunteerism is important because: It’s important more for the individual. The little we give comes back 100-fold. We’re always looking for volunteers at hospice.


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