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.
To provie compassionate care to those we serve during the end of life's journey through our commitment to clinical excellence and uncompromising service
Kindres Hospice (formerly Gentiva Hospice) is a team of professionals who provide care to patients and families with end of life needs. As key members of the care team, volunteers expand and enhance hospice services for our patients. Volunteers bring special skills and talents to share with patients, and offer comfort through companionship visits, administrative assistance and special projects for patients and their families.
I volunteered for the "Veterans visiting Veterans" opportunity. As a retired Army officer, I have set high standards for organizations such as this. I volunteered nearly two months ago and have not heard word one from this hospice. I know that Volunteer Match recommends that if a volunteer doesn't hear from the organization within a few days, the volunteer should contact the organization. I totally disagree with that. If an organization truly wants and values their volunteers, then they will contact the volunteer within three working days of the volunteer expressing an interest. For me, the failure of an organization to make that contact speaks volumes. First, the Volunteer Coordinator (VC) is failing to do his/her job. Second, the Manager is failing to properly supervise the VC. Volunteers are the heart of the hospice program and are to be greatly respected and not ignored. Third, if the Manager is failing to supervise the VC, who else is s/he failing to supervise with what impact.