Are you thinking about volunteering?

If you like to help others, volunteering with Heritage Hospice is a great way. There's no better way to understand how our volunteers help others than to meet one of our volunteers.

Volunteer Corner: Jane Brantley

Jane Brantley

Jane Brantley

Many people imagine themselves becoming a volunteer at some point in their life. We find ourselves never making that phone call or following through. This certainly was not the case for Jane Brantley, who we are honoring for being an outstanding Heritage Hospice volunteer.

Jane was inspired to become a volunteer because of the support that her parents received from the hospice program in Charleston, W.V.

Wendy Hellard, Director of Volunteer Services, credits volunteers like Jane for the success of our program. Jane has served as a volunteer since November 1997 and remains an active volunteer.

You may find her picking up a grocery list to shop for her patients, making a visit to the nursing facility with a vase filled with fresh flowers from her garden, cheering up a patient, or being at the bedside when a patient is actively dying to make sure no patient dies alone.

Her love of gardening and passion for music often comes up in conversations during her visits. One of her patients asked her to sing at her funeral when they died. Jane graciously granted that wish for the patient.

Jane was speech pathologist for 30 years and has not only devoted her time to hospice, but also is involved with many aspects of this community.

Jane and her husband, JP Brantley, live in Danville.

Training offered in spring

Our next training will be in the spring at Heritage Hospice. Please consider taking the training. To discuss your interest, please call Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services, or Maureen Draut, volunteer services coordinator, at (859) 236-2425 or email whellard@heritagehospice.com or mdraut@heritagehospice.com.

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 cookbook sales and special events.
  • 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.
    • 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.