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Hospice Teen Outreach (HTO) is a student service organization of Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. Their mission is to promote volunteering and learning opportunities in a variety of areas within Hospice House for area teens.

HTO members work individually and in groups. They support Hospice House directly by working inside the office, cleaning, cooking or helping outside in the gardens. HTO continually selects group projects for which they will take responsibility.

In the 2008/09 school year, HTO made individual care baskets for hospice families and received training in direct hospice patient volunteering. In 2009/10, the student leadership added the Video Memories Project. Working with the Chaplain, teams of students visit senior citizens. They interview and record them as they tell the story of their life. Students include a collage of memorabilia, photographs and personally selected music into a DVD and give this as a gift to families. The experience has already become a wonderful mingling of two generations and a great learning experience. Two students produced a documentary about the group and their experiences for a Senior Class project.

For more information about joining HTO, please email Debra Maviglia Podish at volunteer@williamsburghospice.org.

If you or your business, civic or religious group are interested in helping or sponsoring this incredibly brilliant and (we think) amazing group of young volunteers, call Debra Maviglia Podish at (757) 253-1220.

Below is a video of the singing memory trees our HTO volunteers helped to facilitate at the 5th Annual Hike for Hospice.