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.
Ascend Hospice is looking for individuals who are willing to share some of their time in bringing a little joy to others who are now at the end of their lives. All of us have gifts to share. Whether it be offering companionship by conversation, holding someone's hand, playing music, reading to them or just making them feel special. We ask you to share an hour or two a week, more if you're able to provide comfort and caring to those who will provide you with much more than you will ever imagine.
Volunteer Opportunities: Companionship Volunteers work directly with patients providing companionship, offering friendly visits, reading to patients, writing letters, offering a gentle touch or sharing a quiet moment.
Ascend Hospice is seeking certified Reiki, massage therapy and/or reflexology practitioners to serve our end of life population in finding comfort, relaxation and peace during their final time with us. These practices have proven to be beneficial during end-of-life care assisting with anxiety, emotional release and general comfort which is instrumental to patients and their families. Certification is required and hospice training is provided.
Pet Therapy Volunteers provide companionship from our certified therapy dogs. Pet therapy provides numerous benefits like encouraging movement and physical stimulation and it provides mental benefits like socialization, mental stimulation, companionship, and unconditional love. Please consider sharing your loving pet with us and bring some much needed smiles. Pets must be certified as therapy animals by an organization like TDI Therapy Dogs International- see website here http://www.tdi-dog.org/ or in South Jersey - Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs - see website here http://www.golden-dogs.org/
Music Volunteers are volunteers who specialize in sharing songs or instrumental music with patients and their loved ones. Whether the Music Volunteer is sharing an existing musical skill or playing music via the radio or digital device, the goal is to enhance the quality of life of our patients. Often, regularly scheduled visits are requested, however Music Volunteers may also be asked to provide musical visits on an occasional basis for one patient/family or for a group of patients at a facility as outreach for the local hospice agency. Hospice is built on the philosophy that we care for our patients in mind, body and soul.
Bereavement Volunteers offer support to the families of patients who have passed. During the grieving process the bereavement volunteer can be a valuable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network. They often make phone calls to check up on family members and also send cards of comfort and care.
For more information about our free volunteer training and available opportunities, call our Volunteer Department or visit our website at Ascendhospice.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Requirements & Commitment
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
1-3 hours per week
Pets must be certified and have updated rabies vaccination