“Each time I am with a hospice patient, I am reminded about the things that are really important – family, friends, love, and time. As a hospice volunteer you do get paid: a handshake, a thank you, a smile, a hug. These things are priceless.”
Have you been thinking about what you can do to make a difference in the lives of others? Come be a part of our fabulous team of volunteers at Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse (VNA) and Hospice, either visiting with hospice patients in the community or providing administrative support in our Malden office.
Direct Care Volunteers are the heart and soul of our Hospice program, supporting people in the community living with terminal illnesses. Our direct care volunteers visit patients in homes, hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities, offering companionship to patients and respite to weary caregivers. Thorough training and ongoing supervision is provided.
The services that we provide to our patients in the community aren’t possible without an organized, well-run office. Administrative volunteers support our VNA and Hospice staff in the office with mailings, copying, answering phones, and working on special projects. We’re particularly interested in people who have a pleasant phone manner and/or a particular gift with marketing, fundraising, computer skills, and events.
We are always looking for volunteers who are a match with our mission. Contact us and see if we are a match for you, too. Please email Allison Manheim Caplin or call 781-338-7863. You may also complete our online application. You will be contacted by one of our office staff upon receipt of your application.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
Patient Care/Family Support Volunteers
Volunteers can provide practical and emotional support to patients and their families. They are carefully chosen and trained, and their services are designed to supplement the professional services offered by the Hallmark Health Hospice staff. Some examples of things they can do for patients and family/caregiver include providing relief for the family member who is the primary caregiver, helping with meal preparation, doing light housework or gardening, visiting patients in their home or at an nursing home or inpatient facility, and reading to patients.
People experience and respond to the death of someone close to them in individual, unique ways, with a wide variety of needs, which shift and change over time. Our Hospice Program seeks to support and assist our patients, as well as family members and caregivers through this period of adjustment with a range of bereavement services provided by a qualified staff and a group of carefully chosen and specially trained volunteers.
During the first year following a death, volunteers play an important role in supporting the Hospice family.
A volunteer with clerical skills can serve our hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties. Volunteers can also assist in fundraisers from preparing mailings or thank you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting possible donors.
It takes a special person to give of themselves. Volunteers are always needed to help in our office and to assist with special events like our annual spring auction and health fairs. No matter what your skills or interests, we have a volunteer opportunity for you.