Winter Volunteering: Student volunteers needed


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Cause Areas

When

Thu Dec 01, 2016 - Tue Jan 31, 2017

Where

5061 North PulaskiSuite 200Chicago, IL 60630

Volunteering with GLC

About

We also have opportunities for volunteers willing to donate their time to provide exceptional end-of-life care to local Hospice patients and their families.

If you are interested in volunteering in our office locally, we definitely have office work available and/or meeting with patients too.

Meeting with patients requires a more in-depth training (and it usually takes about two weeks to finish the program before we start having you seeing patients). If you wanted to do office work, we can sign you up today to be a volunteer! And if you are interested in office work, we do have the following opportunities available and the time available is Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM.

But here is a little bit of information for volunteering opportunities just in case....and if you are driving locally, we are in the same building as Fairmont Care.

We are in the 1 st building to the left on the second floor where you would open the first door and then be directed to our blue room (which is our Hospice team room).

The following are just suggestions...some volunteers want to be "put to work" when they get in. Sometimes other volunteers have special skills that they’d like to volunteer at a facility (for example) like singing or crocheting items for volunteer gift bags. Sometimes volunteers are part of a bigger community group (such as a local Church) and can give us additional resources too.

So a simple run down of office administrative help could be answering phone calls for hospice, creating folders for the patient care coordinators, filling up bags of candy for "nurse’s week" to pass out to nurses or gift bags for our patients (our patients can’t have baked goods, but our office staff can!).


Telephone calls to potential volunteers and follow-up calls, people responsible for verifying reference checks of volunteers, volunteers who help transport other volunteers to special events (such as our veteran’s pinning’s) which are actually happening next week at local facilities.


Volunteers who work in a facility can also do additional types of volunteers such as creating mementos for the family by doing what is called a "Life Story" where we capture information from the patient to present to the family.

Volunteers out at our corporate office in Michigan work on the monthly newsletter, work on the internet updating our VolunteerMatch specifics, reaches out to the families, does bereavement calls (working with our social worker) to follow-up on families whose loved one has died, and anything our creative volunteer coordinator can come up with. So we would also like volunteers to handle work like this for our branch.

If our volunteers want to volunteer in a certain way (now certain things count as hours towards our 5% volunteer goal of all of our office hours, for example, if they wanted to knit something for our residents that wouldn’t count as hours towards our 5% hospice Medicare goal but it would add to our overall service).

We can have volunteers work from home too if there is a specific need.

We are also opening up opportunities for a volunteer to work weekly with our patient care coordinator Priscilla (out in the field) or with our social worker Chris.

All of these volunteer positions require a training, but if volunteers want to work with patients in facilities or at their home then additional volunteering orientations are required. Volunteers who work in a facility also need a TB test and fingerprinting and that does sometimes take up to 3-4 weeks (we are trying to get it down to two weeks) before you can go out to a patient’s home (but these volunteers would never go alone, I would come out with them until they feel comfortable to go out alone).

Skills

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • Visiting local patients at your leisure....
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