VITAS is a Level 4 Partner in the NHPCO's "We Honor Veterans" iniative and wants to enlist your services to care for terminally ill veterans living at home and in nursing homes and assisted living communities throughout San Diego County. VITAS Veteran Volunteers do not need to be U.S. Veterans; you need only the desire to remember; honor and support America 's living heroes.
VITAS Veteran Volunteers visit terminally ill veterans; conduct Pinning Ceremonies, provide weekly friendly visits, help replace military medals by contacting appropriate agencies; Conduct Life Reviews and document in a book, a website or video; telephone veterans to ask how they are doing; attend or help plan activities celebrating Memorial Day and Veteran's Day; educate veteran's groups about hospice services by speaking at their meetings. Documented stories can be submitted to the National Library of Congress. ALL Volunteers must attend a 2 day Orientation to gain the knowledge you will need to work with terminally ill patients. These are held every other month on 2 consecutive Saturdays (see dates below).
- People Skills
- Elder care
- Veteran Care
- Hospice Care
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 1-2 weekly visits, generally 1-2 hrs + travel time
- 2017 Orientations: Nov 4 & 18, 2018: Jan 13 & 20, Mar 3 & 10, May 19 & 26, Jul 14 & 21, Sep 1 & 8
- A Hospice Cosmetology Volunteer
- A Hospice Patient Care Volunteer
- A Hospice "Life Review" Volunteer
- A Hospice Veteran Volunteer
- A Hospice Telephone Assurance...
- Administrative Hospice Volunteer
- A Hospice Alternative Therapy...
- A Hospice Volunteer-Teen Program
- A Hospice Bereavement Volunteer
- A Hospice Memory Bear Sewer
- A Hospice "Paw Pal" Pet Volunteer