Volunteer Programs

If you are interested in Volunteering, please contact Barb Samuelson at 903-868-9315 or 940-665-9891. Email her at barb.samuelson@homehospice.org

Direct Patient Interaction:

Patient and Family Support Program gives volunteers the opportunity to assist patients and families with tasks much like a good friend or neighbor would — errands, sitting with the patient so the family can get out, reading, listening, cooking, light cleaning, lawn care, etc.  This volunteer position has varied weekly hourly requirements depending on the volunteer’s availability and patient/family needs.  This position requires that the volunteer attend two 3-hour training sessions.  To allow time to heal, potential volunteers must be a minimum of one year out from any loss experience of an immediate family member.

 

Vet to Vet Volunteer Program We are combining two powerful resources and benefits by pairing the benefit of volunteer support with the benefit of veterans interacting with other veterans. If you are a veteran interested in supporting a veteran on Home Hospice service, please contact one of our volunteer coordinators.  Prerequisites: Volunteer must be a veteran and must have completed Patient and Family Support Training.  Focused training will address needs and issues specific to veterans.

 

Legacy Project Volunteers assist patients who want to record treasured memories.  Volunteers are adept at gentle interviewing, editing, photography, video, and audio, providing a variety of options.  

 

Pet Peace of Mind Volunteers help with the care and support needed to keep that special animal friend in the patient’s home.

 

Indirect Patient Interaction:


Petal Pushers
Create flower arrangements using donated flowers and vases, to be delivered to each patient, monthly.  A very brief training will be provided.

 

Bereavement Volunteers assist with Home Hospice bereavement care program by making contact with family members on a monthly basis for 13 months following the death of their loved one.  These consist of phone calls and cards or visits with the bereaved to ensure that they are establishing adequate support and are not experiencing problems following their loss.  This position requires training.


The Bear Hugs Program
helps ease the loss of a loved one in a creative and loving way.  Talented volunteers take clothing once worn by the deceased family member and create teddy bears from the fabric. Sewn with special care these bears allow the family members to hold the memories close to their hearts.  One recipient of a bear commented:  “He loved this jacket.  I am so glad we used it to make the bear.  What a memory!  Thank you.”

 

Food Committee Volunteers provide a meal a week for a patient and their caregiver.  Food is dropped off to the Hospice office and delivered to the patient by Home Hospice staff or volunteers.  No special training is required.

 

Office Volunteers assist the staff with office duties such as filing, typing, answering phone, mailings, etc.  The hours vary according to volunteer’s wishes.  A one hour orientation with staff is required.

 

Community Support:

Ambassadors Those within the community that share the Home Hospice story and services with others to ensure that those needing hospice support and service have the information needed to contact Home Hospice.

  • Speakers Bureau – Volunteers that are specially trained in presenting the Home Hospice mission at meetings and events within the community.

 

Auxiliary members meet monthly and provide support for the work of Home Hospice in fundraising, appreciation events, staff support and special projects. Dues are $20 per year.

  • Light Up a Life – is the annual fundraiser for the auxiliary and takes place each year in December.

 

Professional Volunteers provide services in their area of expertise.  Attorneys, hair dressers, accountants, licensed professional counselors/social workers, equipment maintenance and repair, public relations and advertisement, web page building and maintenance are just some of the areas in which opportunities are available.

 

Contact Barb Samuelson at 903-868-9315 or 940-665-9891. Email her at barb.samuelson@homehospice.org