In 2012, almost 29,000 volunteer hours were given to VNSA! Thank you to each and every volunteer. We appreciate your continued support and dedication.
As valued members of the home care and hospice teams, our volunteers are participants in the many aspects of both Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of VNS. While volunteers for Visiting Nurse Service are primarily for clerical needs, volunteers for Hospice of VNS can choose between various non-patient contact needs and working with patients and their families.
Since 1982, hundreds of dedicated volunteers have used their talents and compassion to enhance the lives of hospice patients and their families by providing them with companionship and support. These patients depend upon our volunteers to help them maintain their independence and provide them with physical and emotional comfort.
Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service have a need for both patient contact and non-patient contact volunteers.
After completing orientation and training classes and mentoring with a seasoned volunteer, our patient-contact volunteers visit with hospice patients at home, in nursing facilities and in the Hospice Care Center providing patients with pleasant company while offering caregivers an opportunity to enjoy time for themselves. At the Care Center they may assist on the nursing unit with reception duties or in the kitchen helping to prepare meals, with meal tray delivery and also with the feeding of patients. In addition volunteers help families cope with grief and bereavement issues by volunteering with the Bereavement and Spiritual Care Department.
Volunteers also provide thousands of hours of support through non-patient contact activities. Following an interview, orientation and training, volunteers may assist with administrative support which makes it possible for staff to focus their efforts on patient care. Volunteers who can help in the clerical area are always in need. Processing mailings, answering phones, running errands, computer data entry, filing and assembling charts are examples of the many jobs available.
Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of fundraising, assisting with the planning and executing of special events, memorial services and in addition are in demand to speak to corporate and community groups about our services through our Speaker's Bureau.
We also have a need for volunteers to help with the Hospice Care Center gardens, with maintenance duties indoors and out and even feeding the birds!
Our volunteers are a dynamic, compassionate group who are dedicated to helping make a difference in the quality of life of others. We invite you to join us.
If you have any questions, please call the Volunteer office at 330-668-4650.
Date Updated: 02-OCT-2013