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Hospice of NGMC Volunteer Opportunities

Hospice of NGMC Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the links below to learn more about volunteering with us.

How much time do volunteers commit to Hospice?
What roles are available and what training is required?
How do I get started? 
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How Much Time do Volunteers Commit to Hospice?

We understand your time is valuable and your schedule may already be quite full.  We value your interest in our program and are committed to working with you and your schedule.  You can commit as much or as little time as your life and schedule permit.  Some volunteer activities such as office projects might involve less than one hour per week.  Other activities, such as patient companionship, may involve two or more hours per week.

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Volunteer Roles and Training Requirements

  • Activities Volunteer for Seniors
    • Assists with activities such as Bingo or Crafts in Assisted Living Facilities
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Three (3) hours site specific training and completion of volunteer file.
  • Administrative & Clerical Volunteer
    • Provides clerical support in the hospice office
    • Four (4) hour basic volunteer training
    • Completion of personnel file
  • Bereavement Volunteer
    • Assists Bereavement staff with providing grief support to families of hospice patients
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Four (4) hour position specific bereavement support training and completion of volunteer file
  • Camp Braveheart Volunteer
    • Assists Bereavement staff with providing grief support camps for kids
    • Four (4) hour bereavement volunteer training
    • Completion of personnel file
  • Community Outreach Volunteer
    • Assists hospice staff with public speaking, health fairs and community events
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Two (2) hour position specific training with hospice nurse liaison
  • Hospital Team Volunteer
    • Provides weekly drop-in visits to hospice patients hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Two (2) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file
  • Long Term Care (LTC) Team Volunteer
    • Provides company to hospice patients in long term care residences
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Two (2) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file
  • Meal Assistance Volunteer
    • Assists patients living in facilities with their meal
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Two (2) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file
  • Memory Bear Volunteer
    • Sews “Memory Bears” for families of hospice patients
    • Two (2) hour training
    • Completion of "practice bear" and personnel file
  • Patient & Family Support Volunteer
    • Stays with patient while caregiver takes a break from care giving inside or away from the home
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Four (4) hours comfort care training with shadowing opportunity available &  completion of personnel file
  • Pet Therapy
    • Credentialing through an established pet credentialing program
    • Pet and owner/handler provide supportive visits to patients and families
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Completion of personnel file
  • Skilled or Professional Volunteer
    • Certification/Licensure requirements may apply
    • Provides a professional skill like cosmetology, pet therapy, nursing, massage, manicures, music, media etc.
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • One (1) hour position specific training and completion of personnel file
  • Special Projects Volunteer
    • Makes gowns, bibs, catheter bag covers, pillows, care bags, wooden memory boxes, blankets etc.
    • One (1) hour training
    • Completion of personnel file - requirements vary by project
  • Spiritual Care Volunteer
    • Professional education/credentialing required
    • Provides spiritual support to patients and families
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Four (4) hours position specific training and completion of personnel file
  • Veteran to Veteran Volunteer
    • Visits hospice patients who are veterans & assist staff with thank you presentations
    • Eight (8) hour volunteer general training
    • Completion of personnel file
  • Vigil Care Volunteer
    • Sits at the beside of dying patients
    • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
    • Three (3) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file

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Getting Started

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center is committed to the highest quality of care for patients and families and the highest standards of support and education for our volunteers.  Due to the sensitive nature of end-of-life care, volunteers are carefully selected and trained.  Our volunteer coordinator, Carol Jewell, welcomes your calls for information about volunteering: 770-219-8888.

To get started, we ask the following from all of our volunteers:
 

  • Complete a volunteer application.  Please mail, fax or scan your completed application to:
    • Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, Georgia  30501, Attention: Carol Jewell, Volunteer Coordinator
    • carol.jewell@nghs.com
    • Fax: 770-219-8887
  • Complete personnel requirements, such as:
    • Application and other forms
    • Immunization Record – documentation of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) if born in or after 1957.
    • Tuberculosis Skin Test (two step) – provided as part of volunteer training (basic screening costs covered by Hospice)
    • Background Check (costs covered by Hospice)
    • Automobile Insurance
    • Driver’s License
  • If you have experienced a recent loss, we ask that you wait one year before volunteering in homes with patients and families.
  • Attend all training sessions for the type of volunteer work you want to do.  Please refer to our events calendar for upcoming training sessions

After completing personnel file and training sessions, commit to volunteer for a period of weeks, months or years.  We work with you and your schedule.  We have opportunities for seasonal, time limited and long term volunteers.

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770-219-8888 or 1-888-572-3900
Hospice License # 069-160H
 

Have Questions? Call (770) 219-9000
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