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Volunteering at Hospice

Volunteering with the Hospice may be one of the most fulfilling things you ever do.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities in areas such as patient care, the Hospice Residences, special events or administrative support. Whatever your passion is, we can help you to express it through service to the Hospice! Our volunteers are an essential part of Hospice, we would not be able to offer all of our programs and services at no cost to the community without generous people like you!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice and there are many services available to patients and families. Please see the list below for some of the volunteer services and opportunities we have.

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Visiting

Support patients through visiting, providing social interaction, and/or relief for the caregiver. Only companionship is provided; no personal care.

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Hospital Roster

Visits patients in the hospital to provide support, and at times relief for caregivers.

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No One Dies Alone (NODA)

Provide support for patients near death or actively dying and their caregivers.

Overnight Vigil

Overnight Vigil

Volunteers provide support through the evening and into the morning for patients and caregivers.

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Phone Call Support

Provide emotional and social support to patients and/or caregivers via a telephone conversation.

Life Stories

Assist clients in capturing important aspects of their life to share with family and friends using digital audio recording.

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Spiritual Care

Provide spiritual, pastoral, or bereavement support to clients or caregivers.

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Energy Work

Assist patients or caregivers in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Volunteers must be certified in The Radiance Technique®, Therapeutic Touch®, or Reiki.

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Sharing the Journey

Assist clients and caregivers by assisting in scheduling their needs with family members, friends, neighbours and volunteers. *Client care services may be in the home, hospital, Hospice Residences, or long term care.

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Transportation

Provide patients with rides to medical appointments using an agency van or personal vehicle. Must be 25 years or older.

Wellness Center

Wellness Center

Lead a group or assist facilitators with set-up, greeting, working with participants, and/or other tasks.

Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy Visitation

Pet therapy visits create social engagement with patients and family. In partnership with St. John’s Ambulance, volunteers visit with their pet to provide joy, stress relief, comfort, and companionship to patients in the Hospice Residences.

Hospice Residences

Windsor and Erie Shores Campus

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Patient Care Assistant

Assist the nurse and/or personal support worker with physical care (e.g. bathing, toileting, dressing, and feeding as well as patient transfers, lifts, and moves).

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Reception

Greet guests, answer phones, and create a welcoming atmosphere.

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Food Services

Prepare meals and snacks daily for residents according to menu plans and food requirements. Track supplies for the weekly grocery list and organize the kitchen.


Benefits:
Share the “journey” with patients and families, cultivating compassion, communication and care. work as a member of our interdisciplinary team, providing direct patient care. obtain a better understanding of life, death and bereavement. become certified in our comprehensive patient care training.

Administrative Support

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General Office Support

Assist with a variety of office tasks (e.g. typing, data entry, filing, mailings, or phone calls).

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Hospitality

Support programs and events by assisting with refreshments, registration, set up, tear-down, or decorating.

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Community Speakers

Speak about Hospice programs and services at events and special requests from the community (e.g. service groups, church groups).

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Information Booths

Staff displays which provide information to the public about available Hospice programs and services; includes set-up and take-down of display.

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Gardening (Seasonal)

Keep the gardens on Hospice property healthy, cultivated, and attractive.

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Resource Library

Assist librarian with photocopying, processing journals, documenting and shelving books as well as assisting visitors with their resource needs.

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Burden Bears

Since 2003, volunteers have sewn cuddly little bears with matching blankets. These bears, and a little “Thinking of You” poem, are given to our patients and caregivers to provide encouragement and comfort during their health journey.
*Windsor Campus.

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Knitting Group

Join experienced knitters to crochet and knit items such as lap blankets and slippers in a social environment.
*Erie Shores Campus

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Comfort Bears

Volunteers gather once a week to create comfort bears, quilts and sew items for our patients and families to support their needs. No prior sewing or quilting knowledge is necessary.
*Erie Shores Campus


Benefits:
Help to ensure that all programs and services remain available to patients and families at no cost while gaining valuable work experience.

Community Engagement & Advancement

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Lottery Booth

Sell Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation tickets at the Lottery Booth located at Caesar’s Windsor. Training is provided. Must be 19 years or older.

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Fundraising Events

Assist on the day of an event. Roles include greeting participants, helping with registration, selling raffle tickets, road marshalling, etc.

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E-Bingo

Assist at e-bingos at the Paradise Gaming Hall, Dougall Avenue, Windsor, by greeting patrons and clearing tables. A two-hour training workshop is required. Must be 19 years or older.


Benefits:
Support fundraising and community engagement initiatives to ensure that programs and services remain available to all patients and families at no cost. attend some of the biggest and most popular events in windsor and essex county. develop event planning and management skills. gain valuable public relations and communications skills.

Become a
Volunteer


Becoming a volunteer is simple. We’ll provide you with information sessions and training, if required, and all you need to do is submit an application form. We’ll then meet, conduct an interview and guide you along the process!

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