40 for 40: Frank Scherf’s Story

Frank Scherf has been volunteering with Capital Caring for more than 20 years. Like many of our volunteers, Frank’s family received hospice care – in his case, his mother was our patient. Frank says that hospice care was absolutely vital and gave him the support he needed to make it through a very difficult time in his life. In the coming years, Frank wanted to “give back,” so he reached out to Capital Caring and expressed his interest in serving. Frank completed the volunteer training course and then began what he says is “a life-altering experience of serving others.”

Frank’s first assignment was working with bereaved children at Point of Hope Camp. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” Frank says. “I am a single guy with no children and have never camped a day in my life. My first task was to work with kids for an entire weekend at camp.” That weekend of camp changed many lives, Frank’s life included. He left camp exhausted, but his life would never be the same. Frank became a committed volunteer for and donor to Capital Caring.

He continues to volunteer with Capital Caring on a regular basis. In fact, Frank just returned from a trip and while de-boarding the plane after touching down, took an incoming call from one of Capital Caring’s volunteer services coordinators. They needed a greeter for a bereavement session in the Merrifield neighborhood. And the event was scheduled for the following Sunday!  Frank said yes on the spot, adding, “I love serving when and where I can, and I will always be an advocate for hospice.”

In addition to volunteering, Frank attends many of the Capital Caring signature events. And he is also a member of Capital Caring’s Heritage Society: Frank has made it known that he has left an estate gift to Capital Carting after his passing. “The work of Capital Caring is so important. I just want to help provide more care for those who need it most.”

Frank is a true member of the Capital Caring family and we are deeply grateful – both for his service and for his support.  He is a shining example of what it means to be part of the Capital Caring Way.

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