Other Volunteer Services
Homestead Hospice needs people like you to donate time, energy and experience in a variety of areas, including community outreach, social events within the community and direct patient contact. Together, we will be able to assist patients and families living with terminal illness. Homestead volunteers often express their feelings of joy and inspiration as they make a difference in the lives of the patients and families they help.
Being a caregiver of a loved one with Dementia is challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Frustration is a normal and valid emotional response to the many difficulties of caring for your family member with Dementia. Homestead will support you in your role of caring for a loved one through our Memory Care Café program. Here you can express your feelings and even frustration in a safe, non-judgmental environment while hearing from others that are going through a similar experience.
There are many younger children who don’t have the pleasure and knowledge that comes from grandparents. It is a special bond that is formed when a senior has the ability to encourage a young person to live their best life and shares stories about their own lives. Our junior volunteer program provides the opportunity for a child (ages 10-12) and their parent (or guardian) to listen, read and enjoy the companionship with our hospice patients. Junior Volunteers are young comforting souls and soak up the memories and stories from someone who has lived a full and rich life.
As one of our enrichment programs with the Homestead teen volunteers, a patient in hospice can play a game of cards or watch a movie or share a life story.
Young adults (teen volunteer) will capture the life stories of our patients and the goal is to compile their stories and create a keepsake book, Bringing Generations Together.
Clerical support for our Bereavement Coordinator.
These volunteers visit with a spouse after the death of loved one and just be there to listen. They also assist in any way with our memorial services and make care calls to just check in.
Volunteers for Emotional Support
Volunteers may read to or with the patient, play a game, watch movies/TV, or sit and visit. Sometimes a simple conversation is all the emotional support a patient or family member needs or wants.
This program allows companies to give back to their community. Volunteer Coordinator/Director of Volunteers is happy to present the Homestead volunteer program to the Community Affairs department and they would adopt Homestead as their charity for either six months or one year. We would provide volunteer training for those that want to be a part of this program.
Our volunteer artist gives of their talent, time and materials. Homestead staff supplies a photo of the patient (must be a clear photo of their face) to the Volunteer Coordinator to share with a portrait artist. The artist completes the portrait using the choice of media the patient chooses (time frame of completion will vary pending upon the media chosen). A volunteer framer will complete the portrait for a presentation and a portrait unveiling will take place wherever the patient lives.
Give My Angels Wings Project
We partner with a local restaurant that will donate a percentage of sales to help our volunteer program to pay for expenses when volunteers are asked to travel out of their area for gas and lodging.
Keepsake Pillow Project
By utilizing garments from the patient (blouse/shirt, or tie) a volunteer seamstress will make a keepsake pillow to present to the patient and family.
Memorial Service Volunteer
Volunteers assist during a memorial service by passing out flowers, seating families, helping with refreshments, etc. (works with a Homestead Chaplain)
Volunteers that support our office staff in all departments.
Dinner for Two
A certified chef gives of their time and products by preparing dinner and taking it to the home of the patient. They will set a table with crystal, silver and china and the Chef will slip out after everything is prepared and return next day to pick-up items.
Volunteers use a laptop camera, or they have a camera that sits on top of the laptop which allows patients to see family members as they visit.
Project designed to assist patient and family to live out their dream. (within reason)
Blanket type shawls are made to give warmth and comfort for the patient. We partner with churches and our volunteers to make the shawls and each come with a journal so each Homestead staff member can write a little note as they visit.
Shears with Heart
A volunteer beautician can make a patient feel beautiful by going to their home (wherever they reside) and provide a shampoo, manicure and pedicures at their request.
Volunteer Care Calls
Hospice patients living alone need that extra support as they may not see family or other people for several days. Our care calls are done by volunteers that do not wish to physically visit the patient but want to help in some way. Care call volunteers are assigned a patient, and they will call them three times a week and continue until they come off service.
Ambassador of Events
A Homestead volunteer team leader is assigned to coordinate and assist in all community involvement activities.