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Hospice Volunteers

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Many volunteers have personally benefited from Hospice. Grateful for the help they received, they want to help others dealing with serious illness.

MaineGeneral Hospice & Volunteers of Kennebec Valley offers many volunteer experiences and provides training and support.

Please call (207) 626-1779 for an application or download & print one.

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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Patient Care Volunteers (Tender Care, Spiritual Care, Teen Volunteers): We welcome men and women of all ages and backgrounds to work with patients with life-limiting illness. We provide 32 hours of comprehensive training. Volunteers commit to about four hours per week to provide emotional and practical support to a Hospice patient and/or family. Volunteers should not have had a significant loss in the past year.
  • Equipment Program Volunteers: Deliver and pick up durable medical equipment loaned to Hospice patients.
  • Office Volunteers: Help with filing, data entry, mailings, copying and phone calls.
  • Bereavement Volunteers: Work one-on-one with adults grieving the loss of a loved one and may not be ready for support groups. Volunteers must complete Hospice Volunteer Training.
  • Adult Support Group Facilitators: Volunteers are trained to lead Hospice support groups. Each support group has two facilitators. Groups run for six weeks and may be held in the evening or during the day.
  • Healing Hearts Family Grief Support Program Facilitators: Healing Hearts is an 8-week session for children, teens and their caregivers. Two volunteers provide support using stories, activities and art, in age-appropriate groups. Education on children's grief also is provided to adults. Four sessions are offered yearly. Volunteers must complete group facilitation training.
  • Friends of Hospice Volunteers: Many of our services are funded by donations and fund raising. We welcome community members to help us in this endeavor. Friends serve on event committees and work with staff to recognize our wonderful volunteers.

Patient Care Volunteers

Hospice Volunteers provide practical and emotional support for individuals and families. They complete 32 hours of training followed by 8 hours of continuing education yearly. They provide references and have background checks.

After you request a volunteer, you meet with the Volunteer Supervisor to plan the services you
need. Your volunteer can help with errands or household chores or simply visit with you while a family member is out. We try to match your interests and needs to our volunteers.

Tender Care Volunteers: Available to all Hospice patients near the end of life, volunteers provide support and comfort during the last days/hours of life. They may offer favorite music or readings or just sit and hold a hand. When there is no family locally, they can be a reassuring presence.

Depending on availability,
services may run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers complete an initial training course and a year of patient care as well as 3 hours of specialized training.

Teen Volunteers: Hospice partners with a local high school to provide 20 hours of patient care training to teens assigned to local nursing homes to visit patients. They have helped patients journal personal stories and even helped record stories in video interviews.

They can accompany their
patient to activities in the facility, like music performances, bingo or even visit with pets. Both patients and teens benefit from this experience.

Other teens are trained on dementia and Alzheimer's disease. They design and make activity aprons for patients and travel to the facility to present them.


Our Volunteer Partners

 

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