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Volunteers at Hunterdon Hospice
We are seeking compassionate men and women who are interested in providing companionship care to our patients and their families during an end of life journey. Many caregivers and patients can become isolated during this time and Hospice provides a much-needed support system, which extends beyond the death of a loved one. Volunteers are at the heart of Hospice care and it is through their support that we can bring a community of caring to these families.
Responsibilities of the Volunteers include providing emotional support and companionship to both patients and their families, assisting with the patient's personal care, helping with household tasks or errands, or providing respite to caregivers. We also have volunteers in our office and those that assist with fundraising and in the community through a Speakers Bureau.
We offer free training programs during the year. We offer training during the daytime in both the Fall and the Spring. The nine-week training series is designed to prepare volunteers to visit with patients and their families by addressing topics such as Pain Management, Grief and Bereavement, Active Listening, and the Meaning of Illness to the patient and their families. The training is 2 hours a week for nine weeks. We will accept applications at any time during the year.
Our goal is to meet the needs of our patients and the individual needs of each of our volunteers by providing assignments that fit with a volunteer's schedule. On average, volunteers with patients generally commit to 1-3 hours a week. Volunteers primarily work in the daytime but weekend and evening opportunities do exist. Hospice also needs volunteers for the office during weekday business hours.
To arrange for an interview, contact Joy Stump, Volunteer Coordinator, at 908-788-2573.
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