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.
Volunteer Guides escort Volunteer Musicians from room to room as they play music for patients. Volunteer Guides knock on each hospital room door and ask patients if they feel like hearing music. They also introduce the musicians prior to their performances and guide them through the facility. Each guide is assigned to a specific healthcare facility.
The Volunteer Guide is the "eyes and ears" of MOC during the Bedside Performance Program as well as the liaison between the hospital and the Volunteer Musician. But most importantly, Volunteer Guides know the protocols, policies and expectations of the hospitals or healthcare facilities in which they volunteer and are responsible for making sure these guidelines are upheld during the program. Volunteer Guides are critical to the success of the program.
MOC’s orientation process includes an application, interview, handbook, orientation, quiz, background check and confidentiality agreement. Additionally, each healthcare facility typically requires its own orientation class, ID badge and sometimes immunizations, like TB tests and/or flu shots. Volunteer Guides may be asked to submit his or her shot record to the facility where they will be volunteering. In addition, MOC training involves shadowing an experienced guide at least twice.
MOC's requires all volunteers to commit to volunteering once a month for at least one year.