The Many Roles of Our Volunteers
Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying and meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Each volunteer walked a different path to our door. Some learned about volunteering when they experienced the death of a family member under hospice care, and understand the importance of the volunteer in the lives of both the terminally ill and their families.
Others come to us with no firsthand experience of hospice. They simply have a desire to serve their community in a heart-driven way. Volunteers should be at least 16 years of age for clerical office help and 18 years of age to visit in the patient’s homes. There are many ways you can help us to help others, including:
- Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets, even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills.
- Respite and support for family members. Volunteers assist with shopping or household maintenance, or give family caregivers a chance to take care of necessary errands and get some much needed time away from the house. We’ve found that family members really appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through – and that’s exactly what our volunteers are.
- Child care assistance. Sometimes families need help with babysitting, picking up children from school, or providing necessary transportation to outside activities such as music lessons, sporting practices, or club meetings. Many of our volunteers are asked to care for the family pets, and find that to be very rewarding.
- Bereavement support programs. Hospice volunteers can work closely with our professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families.
- Performing simple household errands. Helping with light housekeeping chores.
- Listening to music, singing, reciting poetry or just watching a DVD with the patient. Our patients love to have visits and socialization and it could be as simple as an outing, walk in the park or a trip around the block in their wheelchair.
- Making supportive calls and visit to a family who has just suffered a loss of a loved one. It can mean so much
What is the Time Commitment?
The amount of time for volunteer work depends on the type of assignment. We have both weekly and monthly opportunities available. Call our Volunteer Coordinator at (866) / (909) 981-8460 for more information.
You Can Make a Difference!
Become a special part of Shangrila Hospice team by completing a volunteer application. If you’re undecided, consult our orientation schedule, and register for the next session. To find out where you can serve in any of our four counties we serve, please view our service area map.
We know that being a hospice volunteer can be a life-changing and life-fulfilling experience, and sincerely hope you embrace this opportunity. Take a few minutes and watch this short video on volunteering for Shangrila Hospice. The following video will answer many of your questions about hospice volunteers.