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.
We are currently in need of hospice volunteers. Hospice volunteers do not do any "hands-on" patient care, so there are no prerequisite skills needed. Hospice volunteers provide the patients and families a tremendous amount of support. The level of commitment for a volunteer is variable and completely up to the volunteer. Some of the common volunteer activities include arts and crafts with patients, sitting and watching TV, reading the Bible or singing to patients, listening to patient stories, picking up groceries for homebound patients, painting fingernails, organize family photos, help with "bucket list" wishes, help prepare a meal for them. Many of these patients can no longer leave their home to meet with friends or family, and having a friendly face stop by helps lift their spirits. Many families have difficulty leaving the patient at home to run errands, so having a volunteer sit with a family member helps them maintain a sense of normalcy and accomplish simple errands. We also have simple office tasks like stuffing envelopes and preparing admission/marketing materials that introverted volunteers can do. Please prayerfully consider ministering Christ’s love to those in Heaven’s waiting room.