Amazon Smile Supports Haven Hospice

Gainesville, Florida (July 3, 2014)— Haven Hospice benefits from online purchases when shoppers use the fundraising effort Amazon Smile.

This new option on allows shoppers to request a portion of their purchases be donated to the charity of their choosing.

“It’s wonderful to see a large company like Amazon have such a sense of social responsibility and giving back to smaller organizations like Haven Hospice,” said Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at the University of Florida (UF) College of Nursing Bryan Weber, Ph.D., ARNP.

“We have a social responsibility to support Haven because they go above and beyond for our community,” said Weber who has been a Haven Hospice community advisory board member since 2012. “Haven has always been there to take care of us and now we need to be there to take care of Haven!”

Weber is a frequent online shopper and believes it’s the quickest and easiest way to donate to Haven.

“Online shopping is so convenient, Amazon Smile doesn’t cost anything but allows you to give back to Haven with little effort,” said Weber.

Once a shopper has logged on and selected Haven Hospice from the list of available charities, Amazon will automatically remember the settings and contribute to the organization with every purchase. All proceeds earned from this effort will support the unreimbursed programs and services that Haven Hospice provides to patients and families.

 “Haven makes overwhelming efforts to reach out to local communities through the services it provides despite the financial return,” said Weber who believes community outreach is what makes Haven Hospice different.

Weber heard about Haven Hospice through the class he teaches at UF when a Haven Hospice employee came to speak to his students about palliative and end-of-life care.

“She talked about it in such a positive way and answered all of the students’ questions,” said Weber. “It was an emotional experience. A significant amount of the nursing students expressed how valuable this information was to them.”