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.
- MAIL To mail your donation, please make check payable to VNSHS and mail to: VNSHS 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.
You may also complete and mail this DONATION FORM with your check or credit card.
- PHONE To make your donation by phone, please call 631.930.9311.
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.
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!
The 23rd Annual VNSHS Run for the Health of It will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 505 Main Street in Northport. Net proceeds to benefit Hospice House.
The day kicks off with a kid’s fun run at 8:30 followed by a 5K run walk at 9 a.m. Learn more and register HERE.
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
The Community Thrift Shop is expanding! Join us on November 11th as we open our second location at 345 Main in Huntington
Founded in 1965 by local groups to benefit those in need within the community, The Shop temporarily closed in 2020 and reopened in its new location at 345 Main Street in Huntington in July 2021. A second location at 345 Main will open on November 11, 2022.
Today, one hundred percent of the net proceeds benefit VNSHS. The caring support of Thrift Shop donors and patrons helps to provide compassionate care of the highest quality to families in our community who are facing a healthcare crisis.
Donations of the following will be accepted at The Community Thrift Shop Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as at VNSHS at 505 Main Street in Northport Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WE ACCEPT DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED AND NEW:
CLOTHING women’s, men’s and children’s clothing of any season and occasion including outerwear, jewelry, shoes, handbags and accessories.
HOMEGOODS AND DECOR including small furniture items that can be carried such as nightstands, side tables, small chairs, benches and small bookshelves.
SPORTING GOODS, TOYS, GAMES & NEW, UNOPENED ELECTRONICS/SMALL COUNTERTOP APPLIANCES
HOLIDAY home goods, dinner/serving wear, Halloween costumes, and special occasion clothing including children’s wear.
**WE DO NOT ACCEPT: Couches, oversized chairs, recliners, dining/kitchen tables, bedroom sets, mattresses/box springs, VCRs, TVs, stereos, medical supplies, encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, CDs, DVDs and items that are broken, chipped, torn or stained.
VOLUNTEER SHIFTS are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to volunteer.
FOR QUESTIONS, please contact [email protected] or call 631.610.2600.