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.
Do you enjoy: meeting new people? Making new friends? Working with the public? Helping others? Please be a Patient Visitor in the hospital.
Volunteers who visit patients in the hospital are truly "Ambassadors of Goodwill." Patient Visitation volunteers provide companionship, caring, and emotional support at a much-needed time. They listen carefully, taking genuine interest in the people the meet. They recognize the concerns associated with illness and communicate in ways that bring caring and hope into the lives of the patients they visit.
In a large hospital, with many out-of-town patients who may not have friends or family nearby, having someone to talk to can be important. Or maybe the patient just wants to visit with someone not as closely involved as family.
Schedule: Flexible morning and afternoon shifts. Additional training required beyond general volunteer orientation; consists of shadowing current volunteers. Excellent opportunity for retired adults, stay-at-home parents, individuals between jobs, or for nursing and pre-med college students. Prefer volunteer who can commit to a weekly or bi-weekly schedule throughout the year.
Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
Set schedule, ongoing availability
Prefer volunteer who can commit to schedule throughout the year; not structured for new summer-only