Volunteers are an integral part of the care team at Carroll Hospice. From visiting with patients to providing respite for families to completing administrative tasks, volunteers perform a wide range of duties for the organization.
Carroll Hospice currently has about 200 active volunteers, with close to 100 of them providing direct patient and family care, according to Kim Benson, volunteer coordinator.
Some of the most active volunteers are those who participate in the We Honor Veterans program. These volunteers, who are veterans themselves, present veteran hospice patients with a certificate and a special pin donated by the American Legion, says Benson.
“Veteran patients can share some stories about their time in the service, and sometimes their families have never heard these stories,” she says. “It’s a special moment for the veterans—both the volunteer veterans and the patient veterans—to have that kind of connection and to hear these stories. It also creates a great memory for the family.”
Other volunteer opportunities include fundraising and helping at special events; offering licensed or certified services to patients or to the organization, such as the services of licensed massaged therapists and certified Reiki practitioners, educators, hair stylists and pet visits; and serving as a “buddy” at Camp T.R., Carroll Hospice’s grief camp for children.
Volunteers must complete training, and sessions take place a few times each year.
Interested in Volunteering?
To learn more about volunteering or to arrange an interview, please call our volunteer coordinator at 410-871-7228 or visit our website.