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Volunteer continuing to pay it forward with service to those in hospice care

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Maggie Michaud enjoys reading to hospice patients in the area. She finds it peaceful and a great way to pay it forward.

Alpena, Mich. — This week is National Volunteer Week where we recognize people who are working to make our Sunrise Side communities a better place.

Maggie Michaud is one of those people. She has been volunteering with Hospice of Michigan for the past 17 years. Michaud enjoys reading to patients and just chatting with them. She helps put patients at ease by just being a calming presence.

Maggie was inspired to help people near the end of their life after her first husband went through hospice care.

“I got so much help, and I kept wanting to pay it back, and you can’t,” said Michaud. “I was told, you can only pay it forward, so I just keep doing it because, I hope I help someone else.”

Michaud also helps out with grief groups and finds other ways to give back within the organization. Hospice of Michigan offers a number of ways to give back to people. Musicians, veterans, and pet owners are just an example of folks who can help out and use their talents/resources to do so.

If you’d like to serve, visit the Hospice of Michigan website for more information.