What do NVHADS volunteers do?
Volunteers in our Hospice, Transitions and Adult Day Services programs are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. As such, Hospice and Transitions Volunteers visit with patients in their place of residence, and Adult Day Services Volunteers come to our facility to visit with participants.
Patient and participant volunteers provide friendly visits, companionship and emotional support, and at times provide “respite” for caregivers and help with errands and transportation.
Sometimes volunteers may provide Spiritual Presence to patients who are dying and/or provide support to a family member during or following a loved one’s death.
In all programs, we have opportunities to volunteer in the Canine-Assisted Therapy program, which offers patients and participants contact with pre-certified Canine-Assisted Therapy teams to uplift their spirits.
Organizational Support Volunteers contribute as front desk greeters, skilled office and computer support, or offer general support by helping with mailings, special events, and fundraisers.
Is there a time commitment that volunteers are required to make?
At NVHADS, we want to work with your schedule, your needs and availability. We have many volunteers who have been with us for 10 years or more. Some have had the same role for a long period of time and others enjoy a variety of volunteer experiences.
Who can be a volunteer?
Just as schedules of all shapes and sizes are welcome, all types of volunteers are needed and encouraged to join our organization. We have very dedicated multi-generational and multi-cultural teams. The main requirement is sincere interest in being of service and having a compassionate and caring heart.
Will I receive training and support?
Yes, all volunteers must attend our initial training class that provides you comprehensive training in all aspects of our organization and our areas of service. Volunteers also receive initial and on-going trainings and support appropriate to their assignments.
How often are training programs offered?
Initial trainings are typically offered every other month. For the upcoming training schedule, please contact our Volunteer Services Manager, Mary Ellen Makowski at 707-258-9084 ext. 206.