Volunteer Appreciation Week is an annual week-long celebration in Canada and internationally that recognizes the important contributions that volunteers make to our communities. At Hospice Halifax, we are fortunate to have an amazing team of dedicated volunteers who play a vital role in our mission to provide compassionate end-of-life care and support to patients and families. To mark Volunteer Appreciation Week, we sat down with our Volunteer Coordinator, Ondra De Jager, to learn more about our volunteers and their impact on Hospice Halifax.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about Hospice Halifax’s volunteer program?
A: Hospice Halifax’s volunteer program is made up of a diverse group of individuals who share a common passion for supporting our patients and their families during end-of-life care. We have over 100 active volunteers who assist with a range of tasks, including companionship, meal preparation, housekeeping, and administrative support. Our volunteers are an integral part of our team, and we couldn’t provide the high-quality care that we do without them.
Q: How do you recruit and train your volunteers?
A: We recruit our volunteers through various channels, including word of mouth, social media, and our website. Once someone expresses interest in volunteering, we conduct a thorough screening process, including interviews, reference checks, and criminal record checks. We also provide comprehensive training and ongoing support to ensure that our volunteers feel confident and well-equipped to provide the best possible care.
Q: What kind of impact do your volunteers have on patients and families?
A: Our volunteers have a profound impact on the patients and families that we serve. They provide companionship, emotional support, and practical assistance, all of which can make a significant difference in the quality of life for those in our care. Our volunteers also help to create a warm, welcoming, and homelike environment, which is essential to providing compassionate end-of-life care.
Q: What do you think makes volunteering at Hospice Halifax unique?
A: What makes volunteering at Hospice Halifax unique is the close-knit community that we have created. Our volunteers are not just working together; they are part of a family that supports each other through the challenges and joys of providing end-of-life care. Volunteering at Hospice Halifax is also an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, which is a deeply rewarding experience.
Q: How can people get involved in volunteering at Hospice Halifax?
A: If you are interested in volunteering at Hospice Halifax, we would love to hear from you! You can visit our website to learn more about our volunteer program and fill out an application. We are always looking for compassionate, dedicated individuals who share our commitment to providing the best possible end-of-life care and support.
In conclusion, National Volunteer Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of our volunteers at Hospice Halifax. We are grateful for the time, energy, and heart that they bring to our organization and the patients and families that we serve. If you are interested in getting involved in volunteering at Hospice Halifax, we encourage you to reach out and learn more.