Community volunteers support our mission
For more than 20 years, KeystoneCare’s community volunteers have been providing care, comfort, and support to those living with a terminal illness and their families who support them. Whether working directly with patients or aiding in administrative duties, our community volunteers are a vital part of the Keystone organization staff. Volunteers range from students to business professionals, from artists to community groups, and may include health practitioners or retirees. A purposely diverse group, all of our volunteers share one common goal – the desire to enrich the lives of patients and families in need during the end-of-life process.
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering for hospice is a very rewarding experience. By serving a community of individuals now making choices on how to live out and experience the remaining time in their lives, volunteers can learn more about themselves while helping and being in service to others. Many community volunteers learn of hospice through personal experience; it’s best for the newly bereaved to wait one year before training to volunteer.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities may be available in a patient’s home, at Keystone House, our residential care facility, or in a nursing home or assisted living residence, and may include:
- Listening to the concerns of the patient and family
- Providing companionship to the patient
- Reading to the patient or suggesting other activities
- Giving emotional support and reassurance to the patient, caregivers or family
- Providing pastoral support to the patient
HOME HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS
The volunteer’s presence in the home can be of great support and comfort to the caregivers, freeing them to perform errands and chores, or even take time to nurture themselves, emotionally and physically. The volunteer may encourage patients to express their concerns, needs and interests to help enhance the quality of their remaining days.
RESIDENTIAL CARE VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers provide companionship and emotional support to both patient and family throughout their stay. Volunteers are a valued presence, offering assistance to nursing staff, helping ensure each patient is as comfortable as possible.
You or your loved one need never be alone. Vigil Volunteers provide companionship with a quiet presence through the dying process.
Bereavement support is offered to help survivors cope with their loss and to facilitate the natural grief process.
Administrative volunteers ensure an office efficiently runs, maintaining records, performing filing and data entry, and handling mailings.
KEYSTONE HOUSE GARDENS
The butterfly represents the universal Symbol of Life. Flora and fauna, and lovely landscaping are part of The Gardens at Keystone House. In nice weather, patients can enjoy sitting in the gazebo, next to a century-old magnolia tree, surrounded by a butterfly house and bush. Community volunteers maintain this welcome outdoor environment for both residents and visitors alike.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND FUNDRAISING
Volunteers participate in Health Fairs, community events, and assist with holiday celebrations and events.
“Linda’s Celebration of Life”
Keystone Hospice patient, Linda, created a special program to honor each patient on what could be their final birthday. “Linda’s Celebration of Life” is a program devoted to recognizing each patient’s special day, and volunteers bake and deliver birthday cakes to each patient.
VOLUNTEER TRAINING & EDUCATION
Volunteers receive free specialized training in all aspects of terminal illness, addressing the medical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of dying. Volunteers also receive ongoing, monthly support and supervision.
PLEASE JOIN US!
To join the team of more than 100 home care / hospice and bereavement volunteers, contact our Director of Volunteers at Keystone Hospice, 215-836-2440, Ext. 320. You may also complete and return the application by clicking on the button below: