Michigan Community VNA Hospice is honored to be in the business of taking care of patients during their “end of life”. We believe that no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted and it is the little things we do that make the biggest impact in the lives of others. Volunteers are a valuable part of the care at Michigan Community VNA Hospice.
Our flexible programs welcome volunteers from all over the Southeast Michigan area. Volunteers provide companionship and friendship to patients through a variety of activities, and respite to caregivers. Activities with patients may include reading or listening to music together, preparing light meals, running errands, giving manicures, writing letters or making phone calls. Volunteers visit patients in private homes and residential care facilities. Whether you want to work directly with patients and families or in another role, you can make a big difference in someone’s life, including your own.
Michigan Community VNA Hospice provides free training, flexibility, ongoing support and education to ensure all volunteers are comfortable working directly with patients and their loved ones. There are a variety of ways that you can use your time and talents while helping others.
HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER
Companion/respite volunteers provide ongoing support and reassurance to patients and their family, most often in their home, but sometimes in a skilled nursing facility or hospital. Respite care gives caregivers a break to run errands, catch up on personal matters or just take a nap. Or your simple gift of companionship means the family doesn’t have to face this time alone.
A bereavement volunteer works closely with the professional staff providing support to the family for 13 months after their loved one has died. A volunteer might assist with phone calls and mailing bereavement materials or lend a hand at our annual memorial service.
As an office volunteer, you’ll provide administrative support through activities like making phone calls, filing, preparing mailings and assembling training manuals.
If you are interested in volunteering for hospice EMAIL STOOHY@VNA.ORG or
“Volunteering has been a very rewarding experience for me. I have enjoyed getting to know new people and helping them through a very difficult time in their life. Whether talking, reading, holding hands or just sitting together, it makes a difference knowing that someone cares about you and wants to make your day a little brighter. By “pouring” into other’s lives, I find that my own life is truly enriched."
V.W. Hospice Volunteer