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Becoming a Volunteer at Hillcrest
There are so many ways to give back to your community, but giving your time and attention to enhance the lives of aging adults is one of the most effective – not just for them, but for you. Our volunteers constantly tell us that they personally get more out of the experience than the elders themselves.
Hillcrest offers many opportunities for people to volunteer, such as, but not limited to:
- Musical entertainment
- Nail painting
- Bible study
- Life stories
- Chaperoning outings
- Leading chair exercises
- One-on-one companionship visits
- Assisting with arts and crafts projects
- Administrative opportunities to support our volunteer program
We especially welcome younger volunteers from schools, churches or scout troops to take part in our unique Intergenerational Programs. We also welcome job shadowing and internship inquiries.
Whatever your special talent or passion is, we can adapt it to maximize the experience for both you and those whose lives you will touch. Commitments can range from a one-time experience to several hours a day or week. To learn more about volunteering, simply contact the volunteer coordinator at (402) 934-2376 or via email at email@example.com.
Hospice: A Special Commitment to Volunteering
“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
There is no doubt that volunteers change lives, but there is a special place for those willing to serve in a person’s greatest hour of need – as the end of life approaches.
Hillcrest Hospice enhances the dignity and quality of life of aging adults with a limited life expectancy by providing comfort care, nursing, symptom management, education, spiritual support and bereavement counseling for both patients and families. Our volunteers support these efforts by providing the social and emotional support that provides enrichment throughout the last months or days of a person’s life. This may include:
- Personal time spent talking about the past
- Pet therapy
- Veteran to Veteran companionship
- Veteran Honorary Pinning Ceremonies
- Letter writing, journal writing or creating “Life Story” books for families
- Simply listening to provide support
- Interaction to provide symptom management for dementia care
In addition, the volunteer-supported “No One Dies Alone” program ensures that every Hillcrest Hospice patient has friends around them as they leave this world.
There are so many different and creative ways that hospice volunteers can use their talents to enhance the lives of patients and their loved ones. But this kind of volunteering isn’t for everyone. The special nature of this program requires a bit more dedication than typical volunteer programs. We encourage those who truly want to make a difference in people’s lives to make a longer-term commitment to volunteering. We begin with an application process and a background check to ensure patient safety. In turn, we provide excellent training, coaching, support and a lifetime of personal satisfaction knowing you touched the lives of people who needed you.
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