Wed, Feb 20th 2013 10:00 am
Navy Veteran and Niagara Hospice Volunteer, Gene Brayley visited with Army Veteran Ralph Bishop during his stay at Niagara hospice House. Ralph served guarding both Presidents Truman and Eisenhower.
Niagara Hospice is looking to grow the
number of volunteer services the organization provides to hospice patients and
has launched a volunteer campaign to recruit dedicated and compassionate
individuals looking for fulfilling volunteer experiences that truly make a
difference - qualities all hospice volunteers are known for. The Power
of One campaign illustrates how one hour a week from one volunteer can result
in many lives changed, including that of the volunteer. Niagara Hospice
volunteer Barbara Reed said, "Hospice volunteers feel privileged to be part of
each patient's journey. When one of my patients learned I was a volunteer, she
asked me why I do it. I told her it was because I didn't want her to be alone.
She smiled and was so touched by that, and that made me feel good."
To help grow the volunteer force, the Niagara
Hospice Alliance has announced two new volunteer training sessions. The first
is scheduled at 5:00-9:00pm on March 12 and 13 at the Niagara Hospice
administrative building, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. Anyone interested in
registering for the training should call the Niagara Hospice Alliance at
280-0780 by March 8.
A second session is scheduled at
5:00-9:00pm on April 10 and 11at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center
at 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Anyone
interested in registering for this training should call the Niagara Hospice
Alliance at 280-0780 by April 5.
"Many Hospice volunteers say they get more
from their volunteer experience than what they give. If you can give even as
little as an hour a week, we have rewarding experiences waiting for you," said Mandy
Raff, event and volunteer services coordinator. Raff said volunteer positions
include patient related and non-patient related jobs. Volunteers are especially
needed to simply visit with patients and to serve on the volunteer Vigil Team.
Visits take place in the patient's or caregiver's home, at Niagara Hospice
House and Hospice at Jeanne's House - A Northgate and Niagara Hospice
Collaboration, and at area long term care facilities where hospice patients
reside. While visiting patients, volunteers may just talk, read the paper or a
book to the patient, play cards or do other activities. They may also perform
light housework or home repairs, provide transportation for shopping or medical
visits for patients who are able to get out, or just provide a hand to hold
while the family caregivers take a much deserved break. Veterans are also
needed to visit with hospice patients who are veterans as part of the Niagara
Hospice We Honor Veterans program.
Raff also said that there are non-patient
related volunteer opportunities available with the agency Speakers Bureau,
working with events and other fundraisers, maintaining the Memorial Gardens and
helping with mailings and office work.
For more information and to complete an
application, contact the Niagara Hospice Alliance at 280-0780 or e-mail Raff at
MRaff@NiagaraHospice.com. The Niagara Hospice Alliance was established in June
2009 to support the services and programs associated with the charitable
mission of Niagara Hospice.