"You can't do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
He definitely knew the heart of a volunteer; it is being spontaneous with a "yes" when a need has to be met. I've been fortunate enough to be in the Hospice program since it's inception and can honestly say that my perspective on how I choose to live my life has been deeply enriched by the many people I have been in contact with through a variety of events, be it a fun fundraising event or in the quiet of a dying patients' home as they deal with the realities of a fast approaching death.
Life as a volunteer in Hospice is so fulfilling that a simple gesture of help can enrich and enlighten a patient's perspective on the rest of the day. If you have any reservations about your abilities as a volunteer, don't ever hesitate to say "yes" and embark on a journey with endless opportunities to touch others. YOU will be the one who comes away blessed!
OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE OF YOURSELF
Requiring no special training, the time involvement varies with the task assigned, as well as the time one is available. Examples of services provided include: copying and assembling orientation manuals, preparing mailings, answering the phone and making calls, providing baked goods for fund raisers and snacks for classes.
Hospice Friend - Direct Patient Volunteer:
- Must complete a 20 hour hospice orientation program
- Will occasionally be assigned as a Hospice Friend to a patient and family
- Once assigned, the time investment varies, usually an hour per week.
A Hospice Friend:
- Listen and provide support in activities of preference for the patient and family
- Maintains supportive contact with the patient and family
- Maintains patient/family confidentiality