Volunteer

Volunteer

What does a volunteer do?

Volunteers help in many ways. Below are examples of the various ways.

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Companionship

Duties may include watching TV with patients, fixing a snack, reading to them or running errands. The visit offer respite for the caregiver, allowing them to leave the home for two or three hours a week.

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Special Events

Volunteers assist with health fairs or holiday open houses at hospitals. At the health fairs, they help distribute literature about hospice. At the open houses, they help set up, serve refreshments, and clean up.

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Administrative

Volunteers help with routine office tasks such as filing, addressing and stuff envelopes, bulk mailing and revisiting or entering data in the computer.

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Bereavement

Volunteers work with family members up to 13 months after the death of a loved one.

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Practicing Special Skills

Volunteers talented as musicians or someone in massage therapy can share their skills.

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Fundraising

Work with developing and planning fundraisers and other projects.

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Respite

Volunteers provide a break for caregivers, socialization or run errands for the clients in the program for people who are taking curative treatment.

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Celebration of Life

Volunteers help with this annual event for families to remember their loved ones. They assist with mailings, hospitality, baking, set up and clean up.

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Nursing Home

Provide emotional support and perform other activities such as decorating bulletin boards for hospice patients and Transitions clients in nursing homes.

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Pairing Veterans with Veterans

We understand the special bonds that veterans share and try to pair veterans with veteran patients.

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Circle of Care

Volunteers are trained and can stay with actively dying patients who have no family member or caregiver available during this time.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers can give as little or as much time as they want. Some volunteers donate several hours each week while others commit to a few hours each month.

How do I start?

Training is necessary. Some individual training may be available for someone who really wants to volunteer but is unable to attend the group training date.

Volunteers must be in good health, be 18 or older, have reliable transportation and complete an application screening process.

Requirements for volunteers

  • Be willing to participate in education opportunities.
  • Attend 50% of volunteer meetings.
  • Be able to satisfy criminal background check.
  • Abide by the Heritage Hospice, Inc. policies and procedures.
  • Be willing to have a TB skin test or screening yearly.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential information.
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For more information contact Wendy Hellard, Director of Volunteer Services at 859-236-2425 or email whellard@heritagehospice.com

If you would like additional information about volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Volunteer Services Department
120 Enterprise Drive
P.O. Box 1213
Danville, KY 40423

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