The fundamental role is that of a trusting, caring friend. Patient/family volunteers provide a variety of services based on training and experience. Twelve hours of training is required for all patient/family volunteers. Below is a list of some services provided by patient/family volunteers.
- Caregiver relief
- Light household chores
- Prepare light meals
- Tuck-in calls
Office Support Volunteer
Many duties are available for those interested in being an office assistant. Below is a list of some available duties.
- Typing letters and envelopes
- Entering data in the computer
- Copying pamphlets and other materials
- Assisting with medical records
- Labeling and sorting mailings
- Folding and stuffing mailings
- Receptionist Duties
Provide individual, emotional support to grieving adults in the community and assists with the Annual Brighter Days Children's Camp. The volunteer serves as a willing and sensitive listener, and assists in the process of identifying the individuals' coping skills. Being a bereavement volunteer requires 12 hours of one-on-one or group training and additional bereavement training.
Special Events Volunteer
Plan and coordinate or assist with one or more of the events held for patients, bereaved individuals, families, staff and fundraising. Below is a list of some events.
- Memorial services
- Autumn Leaves Festival booth
- Memorial ornament trees
- Special holiday visits
- Annual Yadkin Bar-B-Q Chicken Dinner
- Special projects / community outreach events
- Re-Sale Shoppe
- Fundraising events
- Corporate volunteering
Special Talent Volunteer
Bring a special talent to the hospice family and use that talent wherever it is needed. The options for special talent volunteers are limitless but below is a list of examples.
- Pet therapy
- Music therapy
- Feeding Buddies (inpatient units)
- Dietary service assistance (inpatient units)
- Cosmetology (hair stylist)
- Massage therapy
- Arts and crafts, prayer shawl ministry groups
All prospective volunteers must complete a training course specific to their role. This can vary from 1-12 hours depending on the role. Training is provided in a group or one-on-one setting.
In addition to basic training, each volunteer (that will be going into the home of patients), will be expected to complete a TB screening, receive annual flu vaccines, pass a criminal background check, complete continuing education, maintain active involvement in hospice programs and have access to dependable transportation with automobile liability insurance coverage.
For more information about becoming a volunteer or to reserve your seat for the next training, contact your local office or fill out this form and we will contact you.