Providing charitable, compassionate care to the community has been the cornerstone of the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk mission since we were founded in 1952. The generosity of donors helps us fulfill our mission to provide quality healthcare to patients regardless of their income, illness, insurance or ability to pay. Please see below for the many opportunities for you to support VNSHS and help families in your own community facing a healthcare crisis.
Make a Donation Now
You may designate your gift to support Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk General Programs, hospice or Hospice House. Gifts may be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a VNSHS employee, volunteer or Board Member. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. You will receive a letter of acknowledgment for tax-purposes.
- To make your donation by phone, contact Johana Rodriguez at 631.930.9311.
- To make a donation by check, make check payable to VNSHS and mail to:
505 Main Street
Northport, NY 11768
If applicable, please indicate who your gift is In Memory of or In Honor of and what you designate your gift to support: VNSHS General Programs, Hospice or Hospice House. If you do not indicate what you would like to support, your gift will support VNSHS General Programs.
Other ways to donate
Make your donation go further! You may double or even triple you gift by having your employer match your donation. Ask your Human Resource Department for more information and the Matching Gift Form to complete. Mail your Matching Gift Form along with your contribution to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. We will complete and return the form to your employer.
Appreciated stock or real estate held for one year or more can be gifted to Visiting Nurse Serviced & Hospice of Suffolk allowing you, the donor, to avoid long-term capital gains tax. The full fair market value of the stock or real estate is available to VNSHS while you avoid a capital gains tax and are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock or real estate. A qualified appraisal is required by the IRS to substantiate your income tax deduction for gifts of real estate.
Contact Susan Bruder at 631.930.9310 for details on making a gift of stock or real estate.
For many donors, the most significant expression of their values is made in the form of a charitable bequest in a will. Bequests may be a gift of cash or property or a percentage of an estate. Bequests allow donors to preserve assets for their own use and maintain control over the assets in case they want to change a bequest. The language of a bequest in a will should be drafted by your legal advisor and can be easily included when drafting a will for the first time or by adding a Codicil to an existing will. Versions of language for an unrestricted bequest that may serve as a useful starting point are here.
Most people have life insurance coverage to meet the needs that we all can face. But life insurance is often overlooked as a way to make a substantial gift for a relatively modest annual premium.
- Hospice as Beneficiary: A donor can name Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk as the primary beneficiary of a life insurance policy. The donor retains ownership of the policy, with access to the cash surrender value. At the donor’s death, the face value of the policy will be included in the donor’s gross estate. A donor can also name Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk as a secondary beneficiary to receive the proceeds should the primary beneficiary predecease the owner.
- Hospice as Owner: A donor may receive more immediate tax benefits for an irrevocable assignment of proceeds or gift of a life insurance policy to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. Upon the completion of the assignment or gift, the donor is permitted an immediate federal income-tax deduction for the lesser of either the policy’s fair-market value or the net premiums paid. In order to obtain an income-tax charitable deduction, the donor cannot retain any rights of the policy.
Memorialize Your Loved Ones Name in Stone in the Hospice House Memorial Garden
The Hospice House Memorial Garden provides a lasting way to memorialize a loved one. Bricks, pavers and granite pavers are available for purchase and engraving according to the donor’s wishes. A Memorial Garden Dedication Ceremony for donors and their loved ones is held annually in September. Orders must be placed by June to be included in the ceremony.
To reserve your commemorative brick or paver, please complete the below form:
You may also download, complete and mail the Memorial Garden Form to:
VNSHS 505 Main Street Northport, NY 11768
Whether you commit to a couple hours a week or a couple hours a year, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (VNSHS) provides rewarding opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of patients and families facing a healthcare crisis. Some volunteers have specialized expertise, but most are people who want to serve our community and help their friends and neighbors. Some volunteers work with patients, while others help at the office, events or in the community. Volunteer opportunities are available 365 days a year.
Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk hosts several fundraisers to benefit Hospice House throughout the year.
Whatever your interest, VNSHS has an event for you!
PLEASE JOIN US VIRTUALLY TO SUPPORT HOSPICE HOUSE
WHO: Anyone, individually or with friends and family
WHAT: Run, walk or bike 5K in your neighborhood, favorite course, trail or gym
WHEN: Anytime during National Nurses Week, May 6 through May 12, 2021
WHY: To honor a loved one, special nurse or caregiver while supporting Hospice House
HOW: Register at events.elitefeats.com/VNSHS21
$25 per adult and $10 for age 12 and under. Your swag bag ($25+ value) with running socks, personalized bib, gift certificates and more will be mailed to you. You will also be entered to win one of 25 Amazon gift cards.
Paws for a Cause has become a treasured tradition. Although we could not be together in October 2020 for our annual dog walk and parade, VNSHS went virtual with a video pet parade which can be viewed HERE. Enjoy!
The 16th Annual VNSHS Golf Classic on Monday, August 3rd at Indian Hills Country Club honored VNSHS Healthcare Heroes and raised more than $30,000 for Hospice House. As golfers entered, they were greeted by hundreds of Healthcare Hero signs – one for each VNSHS employee. Sponsors and individuals generously purchased these signs in recognition of all that Healthcare Heroes do to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Purchase Scenic Cards to Benefit Hospice House
Photography by Bonnie Gruber, VNSHS Volunteer Coordinator
8 cards (2 of each design) for $15 includes shipping and handing in the Continental U.S.
Cards will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days of your purchase