The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Our volunteers are vitally important to our hospice program. Volunteers provide companionship and emotional support to our patients and families during the last chapter of the patients' lives. The tuck in call volunteer will make weekly phone calls to the patients and their caregivers to check on their needs. The purpose of the call is to "tuck in" the patient for the weekend. The volunteer calls every Thursday on behalf of the nurse and asks if there are any medicines or supplies the patient needs before the weekend arrives. If there are needs, the nurse can then deliver them on Friday so the patient has everything they need to make it through the weekend. Volunteer interaction is so very valuable to our patients and families, but is just as rewarding to our volunteers, who consider it an honor to work with them.