Adult Volunteer Training
February 18 & 20, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center
232 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC
Attendance is required both days.
For more information or to register, contact Martha Livingston, Director of Support Services, at 828.754.0101 or 1.844.MY.JOURNEY, or at email@example.com.
Volunteers are vital to our organization. They come to us from diverse backgrounds and fill a variety of needs. Some work directly with patients; others perform a multitude of other tasks to support our organization. Each one is unique, but they all have one thing in common—a desire to make a difference. If you want to give back, to make a difference, you've come to the right place.
To learn more, download our High Country Volunteer brochure.
11th Hour Volunteers
These volunteers receive additional training and can be called upon to spend time with patients and families during what will be, most likely, a patient's final 24 to 48 hours.
Bereavement volunteers may assist in providing emotional support and compassionate understanding through personal visits, telephone calls, and/or written contact. They may be asked to contact bereaved family members on the occasion of special anniversary dates through a personal visit, telephone call, or written correspondence.
Legacy Volunteers record hospice patients' stories of their lives. As patients decide what parts of their lives they want to share, we suggest topics—perhaps they want to talk about favorite childhood memories, military experiences, their first job, faraway places they have visited, or special thoughts about life, and so forth. Once they decide they're ready to tell their stories, we set up a series of interview dates to videotape them. We then edit the tapes and present DVD copies to the patients and their family members.
Patient/family volunteers assist in providing emotional support and compassionate understanding to the patient and family in a home care or in-patient setting, providing assistance when and where it is needed to improve the quality of the patient's remaining life. Volunteers may be asked to help with transportation, reading, letter-writing, caregiver relief, etc. The volunteer coordinator carefully matches patients with volunteers.
Veterans Honoring Veterans
Veterans Honoring Veterans allows military veteran volunteers to honor veteran patients. Our veteran volunteers visit veteran patients to present them with a small American flag, a certificate of appreciation, and a lapel pin as a way to honor their military service. Veteran patients may also choose to be videotaped sharing their military experiences or life stories.
Vigil Music Volunteers are specially trained to sing or play recorded music very, very softly to patients in their final hours. The volunteers offer support to the patients and respect for the sanctity of this hallowed time. Music may be performed live by no more than three volunteers or the volunteers may play music recorded specially for a patient's final hours.
Volunteer chaplains visit with patients, as requested, to provide spiritual support.
Volunteer hairstylists provide free haircuts to hospice patients in their homes. Licensed hairstylists serve as "special volunteers."