Volunteers

Hospice of the Comforter Volunteers


 


 

 

 

Make new friends. Stay healthy. Learn new skills.
Make a difference.


Do you have a need for a little something more in your life…something that can provide a strong sense of connection and fulfillment? Are you looking for a way to share your knowledge, talent and heart that will have a meaningful impact on the lives of others?

Volunteering with Hospice of the Comforter offers you the opportunity to belong to a volunteer fellowship, benefit your well-being and do satisfying work to provide compassionate care to others. You will be a vital and valued member of our team.

Our volunteers tell us that volunteering with Hospice of the Comforter is life-changing and one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

The main role of a volunteer at Hospice of the Comforter is patient and family support. Volunteers also provide crucial assistance with administrative support, community outreach, fundraising and special projects.

Choose your best fit from a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and receive specialized free training that will give you confidence in your ability to help while being able to design your own schedule as part of an invaluable team.

For more information, please call the
Volunteer Services Department at 407-379-2254.

Eager and ready to volunteer? Check out our volunteer training dates on our Events Calendar, held every other month for 5 nights.
Download and complete an application.

 Hospice of the Comforter
Volunteer Application (PDF)

Research shows that there is a strong relationship between finding purpose and new relationships as volunteer and positive health outcomes that increase longevity.


“Initially, what I thought I’d get from volunteering was the good feeling of taking care of patients and families; however, the big take away I didn’t expect is the joy of meeting and being with the kind of people who volunteer for Hospice of the Comforter – rubbing elbows with others who share the same values of caring and compassion.”

~ Don Gillis, 9-Year Volunteer

Doug Dillon Hospice Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Patient / Family Support
Enhance the quality of life for, patients and their families in their homes or in a facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility:

  • Provide companionship, a listening ear and practical assistance.
  • Befriend patients by sharing hobbies, reading to them and offering emotional support.
  • Help caregivers run errands, do light housekeeping or yard work, and sitting with patients to give caregivers a respite (break).

In-Patient Unit
Give comfort and care to patients at our in-patient unit, a 16-bed acute care facility, on our Altamonte Springs campus. Volunteers work in 4-hour shifts to:

  • Support and reassure family members
  • Greet visitors at the front desk
  • Prepare room for new patient
  • Answer call lights to find out what a patient needs
  • Order and distribute meals
  • Assist with feeding (with special training)
  • Provide companionship to patients including reading a book or writing a note
  • Transport patient in wheelchair
Hospice House Volunteers
Comfort Calls
Make phone calls from our office to home patients each Wednesday from 9am to Noon to assess their need for medication, supplies, equipment and pain level. These needs are then reported to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Hospice Comfort Call Volunteers
Videographer & Graphic Artists
Our Life Reflections programs provides a patient the opportunity to tell his/her life story through the use of video, audio and/or the written word. Life Reflections volunteers visit the patient to conduct and record an interview about their life story. Then the pieces of the story, including a photo montage, are put together on a DVD that is given to the patient and family as a keepsake. Some of the technical and creative skills required include:
  1. Direct, record patient interview.
  2. Scan photos and organize with titles, video and music.
  3. Create DVD labels and burn DVDs.
  4. Previous experience with digital camcorder and video editing software preferred.
Hospice Photographer Videographer Life Reflections
Hair Stylist
You may provide haircuts to select patients in homes and facilities. To be eligible to volunteer in this capacity, you must have a current Cosmetology License with the State of Florida.
Hospice Hair Stylist Volunteer
Massage Therapy
You may provide palliative massage to select patients in homes and facilities. To be eligible to volunteer in this capacity, you must have a current Massage Therapy License with the State of Florida.
Hospice Massage Therapy Volunteer
Pet Therapy
You may provide pet therapy to select patients in homes and facilities with your therapy-certified pet. These are requirements of being a Pet Therapy volunteer:
  1. Provide a minimum of two Pet Therapy visits per month
  2. Submit and maintain license certification, such as Delta Society, Therapy Dogs International, Inc. or Therapy Dogs, Inc. Your membership should provide proof of Liability Insurance coverage, providing coverage for injury or illness to other people, and/or if property damage occurs.
  3. Submit and maintain copy of current rabies certificate.
Hospice Pet Theraphy Volunteer
Administrative Support
You may participate as a member of the Hospice of the Comforter office staff, providing support to office personnel and departments in such areas as clerical and record keeping. Projects may include mailings, on-site deliveries, data entry, phone support, filing, making copies and other special projects.
Hospice Administrative Volunteers`
Bereavement Volunteer
You may provide support to surviving caregivers for a period of up to 13 months following the death of a patient under the direction of the Bereavement Volunteer Manager. Duties may include making follow-up phone calls and visiting caregivers.
Hospice Bereavement Volunteer
Community Outreach Events
You may participate in a variety of community events in the tri-county area where you will have the opportunity to meet the public and speak on behalf of Hospice of the Comforter. This may include health fairs, community events, or at churches, organizations, senior centers or schools including evenings and weekends. We ask that you are able to fulfill a minimum of one event per month.
Hospice Community Outreach Volunteer

Crafters & Artisans
Known as a Comfort Artist Volunteer, you will create comfort items to patients and/or family members through your ability to sew, knit or crochet, including:

  • Hats & Afghans – Knit or crochet hats, lap robes, blankets and afghans at your home. Bring completed projects to the office where nurses, social workers and other staff will deliver them to the patient.,
  • Memory Bears & Pillows – Create memory bears and pillows by sewing together clothing or special material pieces supplied by the patient or family. You will be provided with a pattern and supplies. Bring completed projects to the office where social workers and other staff will deliver the treasured keepsake to the family.
Hospice Memory Bear Volunteer
What is Your Specialty or Talent?
We can also create volunteer opportunities, based on your skills, talent and expertise – such as music, pet care, gardening, writing, or photography. If you have the enthusiasm, we have a place for you!
Hospice Volunteer

Community Service
At this time, we do not provide community service or school volunteer hours.

 

Eager and ready to volunteer?
Download and complete an application.

 Hospice of the Comforter
Volunteer Application (PDF)

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24/7 Patient Support: (407) 379-0311
480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714