Hospice Volunteers Serve with Heart and Soul

Hospice Volunteers Serve with Heart and Soul

Covenant Care celebrates National Volunteer Week, beginning April 15, 2018, by honoring its 1,400 dedicated volunteers who offer hope, affirm dignity and demonstrate love to patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illnesses.

Do you know exceptionally caring individuals who thrive in environments where they can help those who are suffering or in need? That heart of compassion and a desire to serve others motivate the men and women who volunteer their time, gifts and talents to enhance the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Hospice volunteers are essential in helping patients have the most peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience possible. These volunteers are often provided with training to prepare them for opportunities to serve patients and their loved-ones, whether directly or indirectly.

At Covenant Care, our screened and trained hospice volunteers provide:

  • Companionship for patients
  • Support for bereaved family members
  • Encouragement for grieving kids at our bereavement day camp
  • Recognition for veteran patients
  • Outreach as community ambassador
  • Help with office work

Our community volunteers, who are not required to undergo screening and training, provide:

  • Help with fundraising and special events
  • Practical help for patient and family, such as:
    – Building wheelchair ramps
    – Doing yard work
    – Cooking and baking
    – Crafting or sewing

While hospice volunteers have a tremendous impact on the lives of others, the volunteers themselves commonly report a greater appreciation for what is truly important, acceptance of death as a part of life, understanding of diverse cultures and life perspectives, and a sense of fulfillment in contributing to the community.

To learn about volunteer opportunities with Covenant Care please visit www.choosecovenant.org/volunteers or call 1-855-CARE-365.

About Covenant Care and its volunteers:

Covenant Care’s family of post-acute services provides care for patients no matter the health challenge they are facing. Since 1983, Covenant Care has been a trusted non-profit hospice provider originating in Pensacola, Florida. Today Covenant Care provides a continuum of services, including hospice and palliative care, home health care and memory care,­­­ throughout 34 counties in North Florida and South Alabama.

In 2017, Covenant Care was supported by 1,400 community volunteers, whose efforts matched 13% of the work provided by Covenant’s 550 employees. Volunteers provided $1.4 million in cost-savings as they helped care for nearly 4,000 patients and families that year.