Community Hospice & Palliative Care honors and recognizes the achievements of African American pioneers who have accomplished historical feats in the face of opposition.
We asked Antonio Ross, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator with Community Hospice & Palliative Care's Volunteer Services Department to share his thoughts on Black History Month.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is about education and awareness - I’m glad we celebrate and recognize black history because to really truly understand our nation’s history, we all need to better understand black history.
Who is one of your Black History Month Heroes?
I would have to say my mother. She has always told me stories of the journey she’s had - it’s fascinating to imagine what that journey looks like to someone from her era, the different water fountains and the different bathrooms. My mother lived through that and now she’s a retired engineer that has a great life. I don’t think it would have been possible for her to give me a better life without her journey and her determination. I think that’s why she has always taught us that it doesn’t matter the color of your skin - just be a good person and good things will come to you and lots of prayers and determination.
How do you hope to inspire others at Community Hospice & Palliative Care?
I hope to inspire others by my actions. I tend to give back a lot and on my days off you can find me handing out blankets and toiletries downtown, or feeding the homeless. It’s always been a passion of mine to help those that are less fortunate. A person living on the streets isn't define because of their homeless status. I know times are tough and we’re in a pandemic, but if you have a little time go volunteer. Right now it doesn’t have to be in person, you can help from your home by signing up to do a virtual visit. If you're interested in volunteering, visit our Volunteer Page and fill out the volunteer application.