Volunteering at Scotland Regional Hospice is a great way to lend your time and talents to a worthwhile cause. Whether answering phones in our office, assisting with our annual golf tournament, or spending time with patients and their families, you can make a difference in our community.
Our training program is designed to give new volunteers a broad view of the mission of Hospice. During the 12-hour program, which is usually offered twice a year, you will learn about the Hospice philosophy of treating both the patient and family. Hospice staff and volunteers cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Hospice
- Bereavement and Grief
- Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Terminal Illness
- Spiritual Care
- Volunteers Communication
Ways To Volunteer
With 120 volunteers donating more than 7,500 hours annually, the staff at Scotland Regional Hospice considers volunteers to be the "heart" of the organization. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the program, graciously donating their time and talents.
By participating in the Annual Volunteer Training Program, volunteers can work in the following areas as members of the Interdisciplinary Team:
The patient/family volunteers becomes involved with the daily lives of the family. These volunteers may provide transportation, respite, a prepared meal or simply "be there" for the patient or caregiver. The simple presence and caring touch of a volunteer can do more for a family than a thousand profound words. This special sharing requires active listening skills. With professional confidentiality, the patient/family volunteer provides support to the family during their last days together.
Bereavement volunteers work with families after the loss of their loved one for up to thirteen months. These individuals provide support to family members through telephone calls, visits, cards and the recognition of special dates. The bereavement volunteer may opt to work at special events such as the Candlelight Memorial Service, Camp Spinoza, The Lunch Bunch and "Healing Hearts".
Volunteers can help with the daily activities of the office by working at the front desk, copying manuals and handbooks, helping with direct and bulk mailings, typing, acknowledging gifts and record-keeping
Volunteers help with two annual fund raisers: The Tree of Remembrance in December and the Annual Hospice Golf Tournament in May. Volunteers donate hundreds of hours to ensure the success of these events every day.
To become a volunteer at Hospice of Scotland County, contact Carol Lee, Director of Volunteer Services, at (910) 276-7176, toll-free (877) 276-7176, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org