I could never do that

When people think about volunteering for hospice, their first thought may be, “I could never do that”, or “I would be too depressed.” Talk to a Covenant Hospice volunteer and he or she will tell you a very different story. Covenant volunteers come from many different backgrounds, ranging from retired persons, to working professionals, active military personnel, high school and college students. They all have one thing in common…a desire to give back, and in that giving they receive so much in return.

Covenant has opportunities for people with diverse skills and interests. Volunteers that are looking for a chance to meet new people and to be active in the community will love Covenant’s Ambassador Program. For those that want to have fun and socialize with others, Covenant’s fundraising events are the perfect fit. Volunteers that enjoy office work or computers can find a home in administrative support. Individuals with care-giving experiences, emotional and spiritual support skills may choose to visit Covenant’s patients and their families. Persons that have experienced the loss of a loved one understand what families have gone through and make wonderful bereavement volunteers. Volunteers from our communities help to garden, clean yards, make simple home repairs, build ramps, sew, crochet, cook and bake.

Volunteers receive specialized training that prepares them to volunteer in their area of interest. Here is a highlight of Covenant’s volunteer opportunities:

  • Patient and Family Support Volunteers– provide companionship and practical help for patients in a variety of settings including private homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and Covenant’s two hospice inpatient units in Pensacola. Volunteers do not take the place of clinical professionals employed by Covenant and do not provide hands on care.
  • 11th Hour Volunteers – provide emotional support and a caring presence for patients nearing death, in order to ensure that no Covenant patient dies alone.
  • Life Review Volunteers – assist patients and loved ones in completing a Reflections journal that is a gift for them.
  • Tuck-in Volunteers – call patients before the weekend to make sure that they have everything that they need.
  • Bereavement Volunteers – assist Covenant’s bereavement specialists in supporting families that have lost loved ones.
  • Children’s Programs Volunteers – work closely with children’s specialists to provide support through Camp Monarch and the Partners in Care – Together for Kids program.
  • Administrative Support Volunteers – provide help in Covenant’s branch and corporate offices.
  • Fundraising and Special Events Volunteers – serve on planning committees and volunteer at events that raise funds and increase community awareness of Covenant Hospice.
  • Ambassador and Military Ambassador Volunteers – expand outreach, education and access to hospice care for community members by representing Covenant at community activities and veterans’ events or by speaking to small groups.
  • Alzheimer’s Family Services (AFS) Volunteers – provide support to families coping with Alzheimer’s disease to include administrative support, assistance with fundraisers, outreach and education.
  • Faith-based Volunteer Program – Covenant partners with faith congregations whose members support patients and families and the organization. Volunteer training may be offered on site.
  • Community Partnership Volunteer Program – Corporations, businesses, professional organizations, military groups, civic clubs and college groups bring their teams together to assist Covenant with fundraising events and projects that benefit patients and families.
  • Covenant Care Teens – High school students (ages 14-18) volunteer to visit nursing home patients, assist with fundraising events, and provide computer and administrative support in a Covenant office.

Covenant Hospice makes a promise to our volunteers that they will find a sense of purpose, worthwhile work and the realization that they are making a difference. That’s why nearly 2,300 individuals have chosen to give an important part of their lives to Covenant Hospice. Covenant’s volunteer program has received Awards of Excellence from Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for the Ambassador Volunteer Program, the Reflections Life Review Journal Program, and the Tuck-in Program. The late Sam Goldenberg and his wife, Joyce, long-time Pensacola Covenant volunteers, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the power of giving of oneself and receiving the rewards of service to others when he said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.”

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2 Responses to “I could never do that”

  1. I would have loved to meet her!

  2. I used to think “I could never do that” but after searching for a meaningful way to contribute my efforts, I decided to give back by helping out at hospice.

    I got lucky and found Covenant in Mobile. Since the very first day of training, I knew I made the right choice. Because of Covenant, my life has been enriched more than I thought possible. Thanks, Crystal for bringing me on board!

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