Volunteers play an integral role in the care Lumina provides by sharing their helping hands, listening ears, and warm hearts. Whether in a patient's home or at the hospice office, volunteers make a difference on a daily basis as they give many kinds of compassionate, practical help. Volunteers go through a thorough training program to prepare them for whatever type of volunteering they choose to do. Whether in a patient's home or at the hospice office, volunteers offer many kinds of compassionate, practical help.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- Respite Care Volunteers offer up to three hours of weekly respite for primary caregivers. They provide a supportive presence and comfort-care to the patient while the family takes time for errands, rest, or renewal.
- Companionship Volunteers spend time with patients in facilities who may appreciate conversation, being read to, meal support, walks, and other forms of engagement.
- Life History Recorders offer patients an opportunity to reminisce and honor their memories through video taping, audio taping, or writing. Families receive the gift of a DVD, CD, or written copy.
- Musicians serenade patients at their bedside often customizing musical selections to a patient’s own liking.
- The Music and Memory Program provides personalized music to patients with headsets and iPods bringing joy and engagement. We need volunteers to bring music to patients as well as help in the office putting together the music for them.
- Hairstylists make home-bound patients feel beautiful again.
- Reiki volunteers provide gentle touch and energy work for relaxation.
- Pet Therapy with certified dogs of various sizes and breeds. The dogs offer sweet cuddly companionship.
- The Pet Peace of Mind Program volunteers offer specific services that assist the patient care for their pets, such as routine pet care, transport, bringing food, and pet sitting. This is a rewarding program for volunteers who have experience with dogs and cats.
- Sewing and knitting groups create slippers, shawls, pillows, memory bears out of a loved one’s clothing, and teddy bear gift bags for kids. The Comfort Crafters meet the first and third Wednesdays from 1-2 pm in the main conference room.
- We Honor Veterans Program supports the needs of our military veterans. We strive to have veteran volulnteers to sit and visit wtih our veteran patients.
- Art provides opportunities for self-expression. Artists can work with clay and paint with patients. We also have beautiful coloring books, pencils, and markers to offer patients and their families.
- Compassionate Companions (or Vigil volunteers) offer a supportive presence to patients who are alone and actively dying. At a patient’s, caregiver’s, or family member’s request, Compassionate Companions take turns being with a patient through the dying process.
- Bereavement Volunteers provide support and encouragement to surviving family members through empathic listening or with specific projects after the patient’s death.
- Administrative Volunteers help with creating packets, mailings, medical records, data entry, editting, grant proposals, and errands.
- Outreach Volunteers help by prepping for events and tabling events with our staff.
- End of Life Podcast - opportunities to produce new episodes
Call 541.757.9616 or email volunteer services for more information and to set up a meeting to learn more and get started.