GILCHRIST VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
To offer extra avenues of support for each patient and family as they move through their medical journeys and after, by providing hands-on volunteer care.
How Volunteers Help
Our volunteers serve Gilchrist in a variety of capacities. Most work directly with patients, while others assist with administrative duties, at special events, lead Grief Services support groups, make follow-up phone calls to Grief Services clients or provide grief companionship, All volunteers recieve specialized training and may choose to receive more concentrated training in one or more additional areas, including: pediatric care, as an End of Life Doula or in spiritual care.
Ways that Gilchrist volunteers make a difference:
- Sharing companionship with patients and families, whether by reading aloud or just being a good listener.
- Providing respite care in the home to relieve family members from the constant demands of caring for a loved one.
- Running errands for patients or caregivers, such as picking up medication at the pharmacy or a favorite food at the grocery store.
- Providing grief support assistance to families before and after the death of their loved one.
- Supporting the actively dying as an End of Life Doula.
Training, Time and Other Requirements
Our training program is required to ensure that volunteers are fully acquainted with Gilchrist’s mission and vision, programs and services. We prepare them to feel comfortable with whatever responsibilities they will assume.
Gilchrist Volunteers will:
- Become knowledgeable about our guiding philosophy of hospice care and other programs like Transitions and Grief Services
- Understand the many physical and emotional challenges confronting the terminally ill and their families.
- Make a commitment to serve from two to four hours a week for a minimum of one year. You can choose to work during daytime, evenings or weekends.
- Be caring, sensitive and mature.
- Enter a home without judging or needing to impose their own beliefs.
- Be flexible and unafraid of spending time with patients experiencing the physical and emotional effects of a debilitating illness.
Find out how you can make a difference and experience the many rewards of serving our patients and families. If you are interested in becoming a Gilchrist volunteer, please complete our volunteer application or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (443) 849-8337 for more information.
Visit our Calendar for upcoming training dates.
Download our Volunteer Application.