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Volunteer Activities

 

Volunteers provide the "heart work" of Hospice making friendly visits to the terminally ill families we serve and caregiver relief for those who care for their loved ones at home. Volunteers also help run our Annual Memorial Service where we honor and remember the loved ones who have passed away.

 

We are currently developing a “No One Dies Alone” program. Volunteers participating in this program will provide bedside support for those who may not have anyone to be with them as they make their final transition, i.e. some patients living in nursing homes or board and cares.  We also support elderly seniors who live alone with their dying loved one and have no family to sit with them during this time.  


Creative Volunteers who are not interested in visiting patients personally share their talents by crafting quilted, knitted, or crocheted lap blankets from scraps of fabric or yarn they have collected or that has been donated to them. The blankets can then become family heirlooms with memories of their loved one who used them.


Volunteers also stitch belongings bags to hang on wheelchair or walker as well as adult size clothing protectors (bibs) to help families and facilities cut down on laundry.


Creative Bereavement Volunteers stitch Memory Bears for family members who request them. They are made from a favorite shirt, dress, or robe that their deceased loved one wore. These, too, become treasured family heirlooms that are well loved.


There are many ways to support Hospice Touch patients. These are just a few of the creative ways our volunteers contribute their time and talents. We are always looking for new, practical, or fun craft suggestions to make patients and families feel special and loved.