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Finding companionship through a four-legged-friend

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Marvis Woloszyk visits with Tucker and gives him a treat.

Alpena, Mich. — Volunteering can take on all different forms.

Whether it be manual labor or just visiting with someone, communities thrive with volunteerism. Organizations like Hospice of Michigan are looking for folks to use their time, talent, and resources to help make someone’s day brighter.

Isabelle Kotwicki has been volunteering for 2 years with Hospice of Michigan. She spends her time at Turning Brook Assisted Living in Alpena. She enjoys giving back to the community and helping patients like Marvis Woloszyk.

“It’s a life changing experience… it’s easy, something you get to love doing,” said Kotwicki.

When Isabelle stops by, she always has a special friend who usually steals the show. Isabelle brings her 2-year-old dog Tucker. He’s a fan favorite at Turning Brook, especially with Marvis.

“He comes and sits on my lap, and that’s the kind of pet I like that wants to do that,” said Woloszyk.

It’s an easy way for Isabelle to give back and bring joy through her adorable four legged friend.
“You start to get to know people and you realize how happy they are when they see Tucker, and it’s just very joyful,” said Kotwicki.

After a long visit, Tucker can be pretty tuckered, but he never gets tired of bringing a smile to folks like Marvis.

“I just love him,” said Woloszyk.

Some additional benefits of volunteering and bringing your pet for a visit include mental stimulation, increased self esteem, and improved physical health for patients.

If you would like to volunteer for Hospice of Michigan, visit their website at