Primarily, people who care, volunteer. Volunteering is twice blessed, it blesses the one who gives and the one who receives. Some are RN's, doctors, clergy, lawyers who provide special expertise, but in actuality, most volunteers are special people who just want to help their neighbors and serve in the community.
Thoughts from Patient Care Volunteers
"I have experienced the joy of bringing a bit of light and peace at a very painful and difficult time. I've learned more deeply the value of each person and of each moment in that person's life. I've come to see death and the whole process of dying as a true blessing by which one is able to let go of this life in order to embrace the next..."
"Each person that I've had the privilege of "being with" through their illness is different and special. I have learned and been given so much from these people and from the hospice group. They have helped me to grow and learn and I thank God every day for leading me in this direction."
"We all know that volunteering is rewarding and being a part of someone's journey to the next life is a special way to contribute and to serve others. Charity Hospice staff will offer you the knowledge, love, and understanding that allows you to do God's work. Staff support is available 24 hours a day. Please consider joining us, your help is always needed."
What do Hospice Volunteers Do?
Patient and family support // Fundraising //
Public Relations // Board of Trustees // Visit Hospice patients in the home, hospital, or nursing homes. // Make short visits to support the caregiver or provide respite // Provide bereavement support to the caregiver after a loss through visits, mailing, phone calls, luncheons, and memorials. // Do clerical work in the office such as making brochures, sending mailings, assembling information and developing admission packets. // Make comfort blankets // Share their experiences with new volunteers, organizations, clubs or churches. // Reminisce with patients // Offer any special talent - beautician, massage therapist, carpentry, etc
To Become a Hospice Volunteer
The best way to become involved with volunteering is to call the Charity Hospice offices at 740-264-2280 and ask for information on the next volunteer training. Medicare requires a 5% match of volunteer hours to clinical hours. The training for volunteers and staff is required and is necessary for Medicare reimbursement. We are willing to do a special training for any special group of people who would be seeking to fulfill the role of a hospice volunteer. At times, civic or religious organizations may want to have a special group training and we will be glad to work with any group with special needs.
Volunteers are never give responsibilities that they are not prepared for or that make them uncomfortable. Volunteers accompany a nurse or social worker during training to become familiar with hospice procedures.
Please don't hesitate to call Michelle Murral, if you have any questions at 740-264-2280 or email: email@example.com.