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.
Fairview Hospice is in need of volunteers in and around Anoka County; especially in the Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley and Columbia Heights area.
Did you know that the hospice movement was started by volunteers? In fact, 60% of all hospice volunteers are touched by their own experiences with grief and loss.
Hospice Care isn’t a place but a philosophy of care. Hospice care offers comfort care. We care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their caregivers. We focus on living with dignity. Hospice care is provided by a team of professionals and volunteers. The Hospice care team is committed to making the end-of-life transition easier and more peaceful by surrounding patients with love and understanding of what they are going through.
So how do volunteers make a difference?
through the gift of presence, a hand to hold, an ear to listen.
participating in a patient’s life review and storytelling
learning about life through their patients experiences and life story.
supporting families by providing relief to caregivers.
providing comfort and companionship.
The process of becoming a volunteer is very easy.
After an online application is completed we will conduct a face to face interview. We ask for two reference and conduct a criminal background check. We provide you with the self-study materials. Once you have completed the self-study material you attend a group wrap up session. These are held twice a month at various locations.
Once these steps are completed you can begin volunteering with patients in and around where you live. You chose the assignments that fit into your schedule. If you have a few hours a month to give-it will make a world of difference for patients and families at end of life.