Volunteers help in many ways. Below are examples of the various ways.
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.
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.
Volunteers help with routine office tasks such as filing, addressing and stuff envelopes, bulk mailing and revisiting or entering data in the computer.
Volunteers work with family members up to 13 months after the death of a loved one.
Volunteers talented as musicians or someone in massage therapy can share their skills.
Work with developing and planning fundraisers and other projects.
Volunteers provide a break for caregivers, socialization or run errands for the clients in the program for people who are taking curative treatment.
Volunteers help with this annual event for families to remember their loved ones. They assist with mailings, hospitality, baking, set up and clean up.
Provide emotional support and perform other activities such as decorating bulletin boards for hospice patients and Transitions clients in nursing homes.
We understand the special bonds that veterans share and try to pair veterans with veteran patients.
Volunteers are trained and can stay with actively dying patients who have no family member or caregiver available during this time.
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.
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.
If you would like additional information about volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Heritage Hospice, Inc. Volunteer Services Department
120 Enterprise Drive
P.O. Box 1213
Danville, KY 40423