There are numerous simple, yet powerful ways Loving Hearts Volunteers make a significant difference as they provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support to hospice patients and families. Every hospice volunteer experience is as individual as the person donating their time. The following options are the types of volunteer positions available at Loving Hearts:
Direct Patient Care Volunteer
Volunteer directly with patient and caregivers in their place of residence. These special volunteers provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support to patients and families; provide respite for caregiver to get out of the home; help patients write a life review; play games; help with shopping; meal preparation; or give assistance with light housekeeping.
Loving Hearts values and appreciates individuals who have skills and abilities that can be utilized in an office setting. Whether it’s answering phones, filing, typing or even cleaning the office; your help is appreciated!
Loving Hearts welcomes Volunteers of all ages! There are many contributions that individuals under the age of 18 can do to have a lasting impact in their communities. All Loving Hearts Volunteers are encouraged to determine where they would like to contribute and Loving Hearts strives to place them in a place where they feel they are making the biggest difference. Youth Volunteers must have a trained adult Volunteer, the patient’s caregiver, or facility staff either physically present or within the vicinity when volunteering directly with a patient.
Special Services Volunteer
Loving Hearts patients and families also appreciate services and support from Licensed Beauticians, Massage Therapist, Music Therapist, and/or Pet Therapists. Special Services Volunteers hold a specialized license or certification and follow established rules set out by the state in which they are employed.
Loving Hearts Bereavement Volunteers are generally Direct Patient Care Volunteers who want to continue a relationship with a family after their patient has passed away. As a Bereavement Volunteer, you can make home visits or phone calls to those grieving the loss of a loved one. You will also assist the Bereavement Coordinator with Loving Hearts Grief and Loss Support Groups as well as help with clerical duties and record keeping.
Veteran to Veteran Volunteer
Are you a Veteran? Veteran Volunteers can assist Loving Hearts patients by providing an outlet for discussing events or situations that happened in an event of war and can help provide closure to patients. As a Veteran Volunteer, you may provide the last opportunity for Veterans to feel that their service was not in vain and that they are appreciated. Veteran Volunteers get to engage, honor, and recognize the Veterans we serve. Also, as a Veteran, you may have been through similar situations, providing a way to relate and discuss events that may be very beneficial to those at end of life.