UHR VALUES OUR VOLUNTEERS
At United Hospice of Rockland our volunteer programs provide invaluable service to families facing the challenges of caring for a loved one with a serious illness. Whether you choose to work with individuals and families being served directly by our programs, or assist us in the office, the community, or become involved with our fundraising team, you will join us in fulfilling our mission of bringing comfort and an improved quality of life to those who seek our services.
Direct Care Volunteer Support Services
Direct Care: Volunteers provide companionship as well as emotional and practical support to patients and their families. Volunteers must complete an extensive training program to become a Direct Care Volunteer. Some examples of Direct Care services are:
- Bereavement: Bereavement volunteers may make phone calls and/or visits to bereaved individuals and families in the community to offer support as they adjust to the loss of a loved one.
- Companionship: Visit patients to provide social and emotional support, share stories and laughs
- Cosmetology Services: Cut a patient's hair, give a manicure or give a shave
- Errands: Help patients and families with running errands
- Healing Hearts Family Bereavement: Volunteers are trained in children’s grief and group process to provide support to children and their families who have lost a loved one. Healing Hearts volunteers co-facilitate ongoing groups alongside professional staff.
- Respite: Sit with patients to ensure their safety and provide peace of mind so families and caregiver's can run errands, do chores, take a nap, etc.
- Spiritual Care: Work with our chaplains in supporting and offering comfort to those seeking to understand the spiritual meaning of this stage of life.
- Translation Services: We need volunteers who can communicate with our diverse population of patients. A growing number of patients speak Spanish, Creole, Russian and Italian.
- Transportation: Provide transportation for patients who can safely travel in the community
- Veteran Volunteer: Many veteran patients enjoy the common bond and camaraderie a fellow veteran can offer.
- Vigil Care: Attend to patients who are actively dying, offering emotional support to those approaching death and their families.
Volunteer Training Program for Direct Care Volunteers is an extensive 24 hour program that meets one night a week (three hours per night) for 8 weeks. Topics included in the program are: hospice philosophy and mission, advance directives, communication and listening skills, fundamentals of caregiving, grief and bereavement.
Non-Direct Care Support Services
Many individuals wish to volunteer for UHR but may not wish to be a direct care volunteer. There are many ways that you can contribute. Some of them are:
- Community Outreach: Attend health fairs and community events representing UHR. Training is provided. Deliver UHR brochures and promtional materials, and other clerical tasks.
- Gardening/Ground Maintenance Services: Those with a love and knowledge of gardening help to expand and maintain our on-site memorial gardens, flowers and vegetable garden at JRHR.
- Office Support: Provide support to the hospice staff in our offices. Assist in answering phones, computer data entry, filing, faxing, assembling information packets, mailings, and other administrative tasks.
- Pet Care: Help care for patient's pets by feeding them, walking them, changing litter boxes, etc.
- Special Events: Assist our fundraising team in planning and implementing special events that raise funds and community awareness of our hospice programs.
- Youth for Hospice Volunteers: Join our growing group of high school teens who help out in the office and plan special events such as the annual danceathon, haircutathon and carwash.
Want to become a Volunteer?
People of all ages from all walks of life become UHR volunteers. Many have personally seen the value of United Hospice of Rockland’s programs and services. Most are concerned about end-of-life care issues and have a desire to help others.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities, please contact UHR's Volunteer Program Coordinator at 845.634.4974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download the volunteer application and mail to UHR at 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956, Attn: Volunteer Program Coordinator or fax application to 845.634.7549.