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.
Volunteers are a vital part of our agency. Volunteers provide companionship for those who are in need of company or support when facing end of life illness. We have various ways in which one can volunteer. oOffice Volunteers work in the office doing various administrative tasks such as sorting, copying, and other related tasks oFriendly visitor volunteers visit clients for companionship. Volunteers can be a calming presence; these volunteers can be the only visitor the client has besides medical staff for various reasons. Friendly visitor volunteers have the opportunity to hear stories about client’s lives, read to the client, or simply hold their hand for comfort. oVigil volunteers are volunteers who sit bedside during the active stage of dying. This person can provide support by simply being there for the client or family. oProfessional volunteers include beauticians and pet therapy. A beautician must be state certified, pet therapy must hold Delta certification As a Heartland volunteer you have the ability to create your own schedule, donate as little or as much time as you want, and decide where you feel comfortable visiting. We offer continuing education in-services, comprehensive training, and support services. Due to shifting of client locations we are in need of volunteers to visit nursing facilities in Perrysburg, Toledo, and Waterville. However, we welcome anyone interested in volunteering in any form or location to please contact us. Please contact Jodi Herr for Toledo and the surrounding area at 800-837-1200 or 419-531-0440, Vicki Young for Fremont and the surrounding area at 800-505-7444 or 419-355-9209. We are both eager to answer any questions you may have or set up appointment to meet with you.