Jamielu Knowles

12 years ago, I received a phone call from an owner of a hospice company.  She said, “I would like for you to be my Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.  I feel that you would be great at this job.  You have the personally for that position”.  I had no idea what hospice was or what a volunteer coordinator for hospice did.   I was raised in a small town and volunteered in my community and through my church.   I had an idea of what it was like to volunteer to help people.  I love helping people.  I did some research on hospice and decided that this would be a career that I would enjoy.   So, 12 years later, I’ve been Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Volunteers.  I feel that this is my calling.  That this is where I’m supposed to be, helping volunteers find their place to help people and to help patients and families at end of life.  

I feel that volunteers are like precious stones, and they need to be treated with a lot of care.  Volunteers are very genuine and have caring hearts.  I’m always recruiting.  Even when I’m at the grocery store.  If I see someone that would be an awesome volunteer, I try to recruit them on the spot. I look for the good in people.  Their good qualities, cheerful personalities and smiles can brighten up and bring joy to a hospice patient.  I feel that, if you smile the world will smile with you. 

I was born and raised in Wagoner, OK.  I attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.  I love spending time with my son, Brandon and my husband Heath.  I have two German Shepherds, Shadow and Bella.  I love listening to music and going to concerts and music festivals.