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Are you thinking about volunteering?

If you like to help others, volunteering with Heritage Hospice is a great way.

Volunteer corner: David Haack

Dave has been a volunteer since September 2013 and has been a valuable asset to Heritage Hospice in more ways than one.
Dave has helped people in a variety of capacities throughout his life. He was a Lieutenant with the Fire Department in IL and worked as EMS employee prior to retiring.
Retirement has not slowed Dave down at all. In fact, anytime you run into Dave he will tell you what project he is working on whether it be a project at home or at his local church. He is currently working part-time as repair man at a church and restoring a home in the area. He also babysits his grandchildren several times a week (along with his wife Hope).
With his busy schedule he still manages to carve out time each week to visit two people in the Transitions program through Heritage Hospice. Dave has been committed to the same patient on a weekly basis over 2 ½ years.
Dave primarily visits patients but has never said no to helping with loading/unloading his van with supplies for different Heritage Hospice fundraisers. He also has helped with passing out Heritage Hospice flyers at Kroger’s for “Senior Day” as well as help Hospice staff to pass out food at the local food banks.
Dave is kind, always cheerful and has a great sense of humor. We are grateful to have a sincere, committed and devoted volunteer such as Dave Haack.

Training set for spring

Our next training will be Sept. 10 at Heritage Hospice. Please consider taking the training.

Call Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services, or Maureen Draut, volunteer services coordinator, at (859) 236-2425 or email or

Applications for potential volunteers

Anyone considering volunteering can fill out a Pre-interview questionaire by downloading this form. Pre-interview Questionaire

To fill out a volunteer application, download this form. Volunteer application

Ways to work with patients

Heritage Hospice volunteers can do a variety of things to help patients and family depending on the need. Sitting with a patient and being a good listener are a couple of ways they help. The Circle of Care program is designed for volunteers to stay with actively dying patients who don’t have family in the hope that no one will die alone. Trained volunteers provide bereavement care to family members who are grieving the loss of a loved one through companionship and support programs. Examples of ways volunteers assist are: running errands, light housekeeping, preparing light meals and spending time with patients so caregivers may have a break.

Ways to work with hospice staff

  • Assist administrative or clerical with mailings, computer work and filing.
  • Assist with fundraising, including the annual tea, cookbook sales and special events.
  • Assist with the bereavement project
  • Assist with card design and scrapbooking.

Guidelines for being a volunteer

  • Must be age 18 or older.
  • Complete the volunteer training course.
  • Must not have had significant loss in their own lives within the past year.

Requirements for volunteers

  • Be willing to participate in continuing education.
  • Be willing to attend 50 percent of monthly meetings.
  • Be able to satisfy a criminal background check, including fingerprinting.
  • Be willing to provide three personal references to be contacted.
  • Must be responsible for submitting necessary paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Must be willing to adhere to Heritage Hospice Inc. policies and procedures with respect to staff and volunteers.
  • Honor the confidentiality of patients and family members.
  • Be willing to have TB test or screening yearly.

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