Here are some of the ways you can help improve the quality of life for people in our community as a Community Hospice volunteer.
|Patient/Family Support||Spiritual Care|
|Public Outreach (Ambassadors)||Camp Healing Powers®|
|Special Events/Fundraising||Pet Therapy|
|Community PedsCare®||Pet Peace of Mind®|
|Veterans Program||Thrift Shop|
Visit our patients in their homes, in long term care or assisted living facilities, or at one of our seven Community Hospice inpatient care centers. You may choose to spend quality time reading, taking walks, writing letters or simply enjoying conversations with patients. Volunteers give family caregivers an opportunity to run personal errands or take some quality respite time away from their day-to-day duties. Patient visits usually last two hours or less. Specialized training is provided.
Volunteers are needed to assist with administrative duties and special project work. Those with clerical skills and interests can assist with filing, data entry, greeting visitors at the reception desk at one of our homelike inpatient care centers, or helping at the Community Hospice Thrift Shops. Volunteer administrative opportunities are available throughout our five-county service area.
Public Outreach (Ambassadors)
Ambassadors are volunteers who are interested in representing Community Hospice at various public events, such as health fairs and senior center gatherings. They will present information and help educate the audience about the range of services and benefits of Community Hospice care.
Special Events Opportunities/Fundraising
Volunteers can assist with a variety of events designed to support the efforts of Community Hospice financially. There are fundraising events all throughout the year that we depend on volunteer help with.
Visit our pediatric patients and their families in their homes while providing companionship, as well as assisting with support groups, delivering food baskets and gifts to families during the holidays. This could include running errands and reading to patients or their siblings. Visit our Children's Services section for more information about services provided by Community PedsCare.
Provide assistance for Community Hospice at various veteran related events. Visit and capture stories from area veterans. Visit Community Hospice patients who have served in the military.
Under the supervision of a Community Hospice chaplain, volunteers offer supplemental spiritual support to patients and their caregivers. Spiritual care volunteers must accumulate hours as a patient/family volunteer before applying to become a spiritual care volunteer. Specialized training in the Community Hospice approach to spiritual care is required.
The bereavement outreach volunteer contacts family members by telephone to offer follow-up support and information about Community Hospice bereavement services, such as individual and family counseling, therapeutic support groups, workshops and grief services available for children and teenagers. Bereavement volunteers work under the supervision of a volunteer engagement specialist and a bereavement services staff member.
Camp Healing Powers®
Grieving the death of a loved one can be difficult, especially for a child who may feel different and alone. Camp Healing Powers can help.
This therapeutic weekend camp gives children the chance to freely express their feelings about the death of a loved one in an enjoyable and supportive environment. Volunteers assist professional Community Hospice bereavement counselors with indoor and outdoor activities, such as arts and crafts, music, recreational games, and activities of remembrance. Volunteers also assist in serving meals and with housekeeping tasks.
The camps take place Friday evening through Sunday morning, and are held twice yearly. Click here for more information about Camp Healing Powers.
Pet therapy is another way Community Hospice of Northeast Florida brings comfort and smiles to patients and their families. Since 1996, therapy dogs and their owners have played an integral role on Community Hospice care teams.
Statistics show that pet therapy provides psychological benefits such as:
Therapy Dog Temperament and Requirements:
Your dog will need to pass a simple temperament test of pulling on it's ears and tail; touching various parts of the dog's body including the bottom of the paws; being hugged gently and placing fingers in the dog's mouth.
Acceptable Therapy Dog Registration Organizations:
Pet Peace of Mind®
This program ensures that Community Hospice patients’ pets are getting all of their needs met with the same kind of loving care their families have given them. Volunteers walk dogs, provide waste clean-up, feed pets and provide transportation to veterinary visits or groomers.
Volunteer your time to work on the sales floor or help with receiving and pricing of donations. We welcome groups up to 15 people for one-time or recurring service projects To learn more about volunteering at one of our Community Hospice Thrift Shops, Jacksonville or Orange Park locations. Visit: www.thriftshopjax.com for more information.