Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 

Volunteers, an Essential Part of the Hospice Team

Volunteering at Community Hospice is a special type of giving – no task is too big or too small. Our volunteers provide a steady source of comfort and strength to our terminally ill patients and their families.

Community Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life and give as much or as little time as their schedules permit.  If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, there is a place for you at Community Hospice.

 

Comfort Care Volunteers – provide companionship to our patients at home or in a nursing home.  They provide caregiver’s time away for appointments or to run errands.  They read to patients, provide a listening ear, reminisce, or run errands.

11th Hour Volunteers – this specially trained group of volunteers are available at a moment’s notice to sit with Community Hospice patients who are in their last hours and whose family may not be able to be with them.  Our hope is for patients to never die alone.  This service is provided in the nursing home or at the Community Hospice Care Center.

Care Center Volunteers – most of our volunteers at the Community Hospice Care Center (a 15-bed in-patient facility) work as greeters/receptionists.  This position is filled by volunteers 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.  They answer the phones, direct visitors, perform clerical tasks and provide hospitality.  Other Care Center opportunities include our Hospitality Cart, clerical work, doggie care, gardening, grocery shopping, quilting, music and companionship.

Spiritual Care Volunteers – provide spiritual support no matter the patient’s religious beliefs, offering prayer and encouragement to the patient and their family.  Spiritual volunteers also read scripture, devotionals, poetry or provide music through song or instruments.

Clerical/Administrative Volunteers – these volunteers perform a variety of tasks including data entry, filing, phones, shredding, mailing, copying, etc. at any of our three office locations or the Care Center.

Ambassadors – this group of volunteers have received additional training in assist us in community outreach.  They are public relations ambassadors who champion our mission staffing our informational booth as various community events.

Musicians – several Community Hospice volunteers provide a comforting and calming presence as they share their musical talents with the gift of song -- singing or playing the dulcimer, guitar, harmonica, piano or pre-recorded favorites.

Student/Teen Volunteers - high school students looking for volunteer opportunities often help with special projects, clerical support or with the hospitality cart at the Care Center.  College students often choose Community Hospice for the practical experience they receive as an intern or practicum student performing a variety tasks related to their field of study and receive realistic on-the-job training.

Quilters – more than 75 quilters in four separate groups throughout our service area share their talents making beautiful lap quilts that are shared with most all patients at the Care Center.  In 2011, the Hospice Quilters donated 467 quilts.  Community Hospice receives many favorable comments about the quilts and they are treasured mementos for our hospice families.

Couriers/Delivery Drivers – make routine rounds throughout the community making deliveries to local offices and businesses on behalf of Community Hospice. 

Camp Nabe – Volunteer opportunities abound at this three-day bereavement camp for children ages 7 – 13 who have lost a loved one.  Volunteers serve as Big Buddy counselors, lead special group sessions, work in the cafeteria, direct game activities, or serve as day helpers. 

All Community Hospice volunteers are required to complete an orientation program that is offered at several times and locations during the year.  This course prepares our volunteers to be part of the hospice team providing valuable information to deal with the sometimes unique nature of being a hospice volunteer. 

Regulations also require a criminal background check for all hospice volunteers.  An annual TB skin test is performed for safety purposes and on-going training allows our volunteers to refresh their hospice education and keep up-to-date on recent advancements.

To learn more about being a Community Hospice volunteer contact LuAnn Vance, Director of Volunteers via email lvance@chospice.org or by calling 606-329-1890 or 800-926-6184.  We look forward to seeing you soon.