Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteers are a diverse group of dedicated individuals committed to providing a variety of services to patients, families and friends. With compassion and respect, volunteers play a vital role on the hospice team - visiting patients, supporting caregivers, serving as counselors at grief retreats, organizing fundraisers or assisting in our offices or resale shop.
WHO ARE OUR VOLUNTEERS?
PATIENT CARE VOLUNTEERS provide companionship to patients and respite for caregivers. They offer a listening ear, open mind and loving heart to those in our care.
VIGIL VOLUNTEERS are available upon request to provide support to patients and families during the final days and hours of life. They have completed additional training in the physical and spiritual aspects of dying.
HOSPICE HOUSE VOLUNTEERS assist with preparing meals, housekeeping, yard work and other duties as needed.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS manage informational displays at community events or assist with speaking engagements related to the hospice mission.
ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS provide office and clerical support.
FUNDRAISING & EVENT VOLUNTEERS provide fundraising and event support.
CAMP COMPANIONS provide a safe and reassuring presence for grieving children and teens who attend our annual bereavement camps.
GRIEF SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS provide a caring presence either by phone or in person to support individuals during their grief journey.
YOU CAN BECOME A VOLUNTEER IF YOU:
Are at least 18 years of age
Are willing to complete volunteer training
WHAT IS COVERED IN TRAINING?
As a Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteer, you will explore the physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of caring for a patient with an advanced illness. In-service training on various topics is offered throughout the year, expanding your knowledge base and refreshing your skills.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD HOSPICE VOLUNTEER?
Patient and camp volunteers need to have the ability to listen and really hear what the client and family are saying and respond to their needs.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE AVERAGE VOLUNTEER DONATE?
Patient care volunteers provide support and companionship to their assigned patients for two to three hours per week. Other volunteers have a flexible schedule depending on the assignment and their availability.
HOSPICE OF THE CHESAPEAKE VOLUNTEERS ARE:
Matched to the family, based on patient and family needs and dynamics;
Available for regular visits once a week for 2-3 hours either on a regular or flexible schedule, according to patient and family needs;
Available during the day, evening or weekends; and
Assist families with practical needs such as running errands, provide caregivers a much-needed break from their daily routine, or simply provide a supportive presence for a patient and family members.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
For more information call Diane Sancilio at 410.987.2003.
- Download PDF Volunteer Application and fax to the Volunteer Department at 443.837.1505.
- Click here to complete and submit the Volunteer Application online. *If you do not hear back from us within a week of submitting your application, please contact us at 443.837.1513.
- View our Volunteer Brochure
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