Volunteers are the HEART of Hospice Vaughan!

VOLUNTEERING AT HOSPICE VAUGHAN

Volunteers participate in all areas of our organization – with clients, programs, events, governance, administration, maintenance and marketing. Volunteers are the pillar of our community and everyone will play a role.  We all have something to share!  Join the Hospice Vaughan family today!

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Who Can Volunteer?

  • Individuals over 18 years of age.
  • Secondary school students may earn volunteer hours at some of our events.
  • Our volunteers are screened by staff, have references checked, complete a Vulnerable Sector Check and 30 hours of Core Training before they are placed in contact with clients and/or their families.
  • Our volunteers are key members of our community interdisciplinary health team and they provide us with support in a variety of roles.
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When Can You Volunteer?

  • In-home client support is determined by the client and the volunteers.
  • Program and Office support is offered during business hours or the allotted program time.
  • Residential Support is coordinated in 4 hour shifts.
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Why Volunteer?

  • Training and education in all areas and programs of support.
  • Committee work with other philanthropic individuals.
  • Experience with clients and/or programs.
  • An opportunity to share your skills in administration, social media and events.
  • Incredible growth as an individual.

WAYS YOU CAN 

Hospice Vaughan volunteers provide compassionate companionship for adults, seniors and children facing a life-limiting illness and empathetic support to caregivers and their families from diagnosis through to bereavement. We offer a variety of volunteer programs at our organization.
IN-HOME VISITING PROGRAM

Providing emotional support and companionship, or respite care to caregivers. Engaging clients in activities (board games, reminiscing, looking at photo albums, or going for walks) providing caregivers relief. This role does not provide personal care or perform medical procedures.

Required Training:
HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training; Bereavement Training

Expected Time Commitment:
1-2 hours per week (length of time commitment could vary)

OUTREACH, SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISING

Representing Hospice Vaughan in the community to create awareness and fundraise for our programs and services. They will train, prepare and actively participate in community events like our 2 signature events – Annual Gala and Hike for Hospice.  Many other opportunities occur throughout the year and these volunteers are key to developing community partnerships to aid with our philanthropic goals.

Required Training:
None

Expected Time Commitment:
At least once a month

ADMINISTRATIVE & IN-OFFICE SUPPORT

Volunteers assist with various administrative tasks such as data entry, filing, photocopying, answering the phone, handling the front desk and reception. Volunteers may also assist with in-office kitchen support, cleaning, and landscaping activities.

Required Training:
HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training

Expected Time Commitment:
At least once a month

ADULT GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS

Helping to co-facilitate support groups providing emotional support to caregivers, families and friends following the death of a loved one. Supporting the development of participant’s coping skills assisting the transition through the grieving process.  Examples of our support groups include child loss, parental loss, spousal loss, sibling loss or mixed-relations loss.

Required Training:
HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training; Bereavement Training

Expected Time Commitment:
2 hours per week for 8 weeks

'CARING HANDS' DAY PROGRAM

Social and kitchen volunteers support the day program.  Clients with life limiting illness but ability to visit our facility participate. A morning filled with socializing, bingo, light fitness and ending with a delicious lunch. Social and emotional support is provided by social volunteers & prepping, cooking and delivering lunch is in the hands of the kitchen volunteers.

Required Training:
Social volunteers – HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training; Bereavement Training

Kitchen volunteers – HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training; Bereavement Training; Food Handling Training

Expected Time Commitment:
Once a week

OCCASIONAL SKILL SHARING

Volunteers with special skills (e.g. cooking, crafts) provide learning opportunities for clients, caregivers and volunteers who wish to participate.

Required Training:
Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training

Expected Time Commitment:
Varies

CHILDREN & TEENS' PROGRAMS

Volunteers assist children and teens with understanding loss, grief and bereavement. Using games, arts and crafts and other play techniques to help guide them through the emotions and stresses of losing a loved one. Programs include Children & Teens Grief and Bereavement Support Group and more.

Required Training:
HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training; Bereavement Training

Expected Time Commitment:
Once a week

COMPLIMENTARY THERAPIES

Volunteers trained and certified provide complementary therapy work with clients to provide emotional and physical support.  Therapeutic remedies such as Reiki, Meditation, Yoga, Therapeutic Touch, Qigong, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Massage Therapy and Visualization/Guided Imagery plus others are welcome.

Required Training:
HPCO Online Training; Body Mechanics, Lifts & Transfers Training; Other training varies by therapeutic remedy

Expected Time Commitment:
Varies

MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA

Volunteers assist with marketing-related tasks such as promoting Hospice Vaughan through our website and various social media accounts. Volunteers can also be responsible for community networking to provide awareness and education about Hospice Vaughan.

Required Training:
None

Expected Time Commitment:
Varies

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE  
OF HOSPICE VAUGHAN

For Community. By Community.

Providing world class palliative and bereavement care when its needed, where its needed.

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