Become a Volunteer
Weinstein Hospice volunteers are essential and valued members of the interdisciplinary hospice team.
Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team, filling roles that range from direct contact with patients to providing clerical and phone call support for the organization. Hospices that participate with Medicare are required to utilize volunteers alongside their paid clinical and administrative staff. Hospice volunteers describe their work as gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful. Hospices require a lot from their volunteers and value them greatly.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Or download and print the application and send in by regular mail here.
Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, interpreting for those who do not speak English, bringing in music, and supervising therapeutic visits with pets. Volunteers with necessary certification can also provide massage therapy. Some hospices also utilize volunteers who offer complementary therapies such as aroma therapy or therapeutic touch.
Respite and support for family members. Volunteers can assist with shopping or light household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, exercise, or simply have some time alone. Volunteers can also help care for a family pet.
Child care assistance. This can include help with babysitting, picking up children from school or providing necessary transportation to club meetings or sporting events and practices.
Bereavement support programs. Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice’s bereavement staff. Duties may include assisting a support group facilitator, serving refreshments, or helping with mailings to families.
Fundraising and administrative work. A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank-you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting potential donors.
Special skills and interests. Many hospices utilize volunteers to maintain their grounds and landscaping. Notaries, barbers and beauticians often volunteer their services to patients. Musicians often volunteer to play at hospice inpatient facilities.
Community Outreach. Become a Weinstein Hospice Ambassador. Click here to learn more about the three specific roles you can fill.
The most wonderful places to be in the world are: In someone’s thoughts. someone’s prayers. And someone’s heart.
Our corps of Weinstein Hospice volunteers are guided and supported by Jenifer Firestone, LMSW, our Volunteer Coordinator. For volunteers who have direct patient contact, Jenifer takes time to meet with each hospice patient and their family to ‘make a match’ with a volunteer, based on their needs (and your talents!).
The Weinstein Hospice Volunteer Orientation marks the beginning of opportunities to learn, share and receive support from each other as we discover the challenges and rewards of hospice service. This extensive orientation designed to deepen your understanding of the following learning objectives:
- Hospice and palliative care philosophy and concepts of care
- “Nuts and bolts” of Weinstein Hospice care
- Volunteer’s role as a member of the hospice interdisciplinary team; and
- Self-awareness in terms of your strengths and vulnerabilities in your role as a hospice volunteer
I get so much more out of this experience than I could ever give…
— Marlene Halperin
If you’d like to learn more about how you can use your talents and desire to make a difference in the lives of others, please contact us at 404-352-4308 x 293.
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