Community Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers are vital members of our team. Whether you offer companionship and a listening ear to patients and family members, help with clerical work at one of our locations or assist at fundraising events, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers are diverse and special members of our community. Our Volunteer Services department works closely with all volunteers to match their talents and skills with current needs in the best way possible.
We depend on volunteers to assist with administrative duties and special project work. Those with clerical skills and interests can assist with filing, data entry, greeting visitors at our Centers for Caring, or helping out at Community Hospice Thrift Shop locations. Volunteer administrative opportunities are available throughout our service area.
The bereavement outreach volunteer contacts family members by telephone to offer follow-up support and information about Community Hospice & Palliative Care bereavement services, such as individual and family counseling, therapeutic support groups, workshops and grief services for children and teenagers. Bereavement volunteers work under the supervision of a volunteer coordinator and a bereavement services staff member.
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 our bereavement counselors with activities, such as crafts, music, games and activities of remembrance. Volunteers also assist in serving meals and with housekeeping tasks.
Visit our adult and pediatric patients where they receive care. You may choose to spend quality time reading with them, taking walks, writing letters or simply enjoying conversations with them. 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. We provide specialized training.
Since 1996, certified pet therapy teams have played an integral role on Community Hospice & Palliative Care care teams, providing benefits to patients such as reduced stress, increased sensory stimulation and relief from pain.
The Pet Peace of Mind® program ensures that Community Hospice & Palliative Care patients’ pets are getting their needs met with the same loving care their families have given them. Our Pet Peace of Mind volunteers walk dogs, provide waste clean-up, feed pets and provide transportation to veterinary visits or groomers.
Our Pet Therapy program is one more way Community Hospice & Palliative Care brings comfort and compassion to patients and families. Our pet therapy teams visit patients at Community Hospice & Palliative Care inpatient centers -- or wherever they call home.
Studies have shown that pets can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. To learn more about the benefits of pets in the home environment, the National Council for Aging Care has put together a helpful guide.
Our Ambassadors represent Community Hospice & Palliative Care at various public events, such as health fairs and senior center gatherings. They present information and help educate the audience about the range of services and benefits we offer.
Volunteers can assist with a variety of events designed to support the fundraising efforts of Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation. There are fundraising events throughout the year and we depend on volunteer support for our success.
Reiki is a Japanese technique of energy work that promotes stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki is administered through a light-touch or no-touch method by volunteers who have been trained in Reiki 1 by a Reiki Master. In the hospice setting, Reiki is used to aid in relaxation, reduce anxiety, and provide a sense of well-being. Reiki sessions can be performed by trained volunteers in the inpatient, home, or long-term care settings.
Under the supervision of a Community Hospice & Palliative Care 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 & Palliative Care approach to spiritual care is required.
Volunteer your time to work on the sales floor or help with receiving and pricing of donations. We welcome groups of up to 15 people for one-time or recurring service projects. To learn more about volunteering at one of our Community Hospice Thrift Shop locations in Jacksonville and Orange Park, visit ThriftShopJax.com.
These volunteers represent Community Hospice & Palliative Care at various veterans-related events. Some visit and capture stories from area veterans, while others visit our patients who have served in the military.