Are you asking yourself what important things you could be working on right now? Have you thought about volunteering?
Volunteering is not just about giving. Research shows that life expectancy is higher for people who volunteer. Perhaps the inherent satisfaction bolsters our immune systems in some way. Important life lessons can be gleaned from volunteering with Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support, including a healthy perspective on what is truly important, the benefits of nourishing relationships, and opportunities to learn from our clients in unexpected ways.
Our volunteer training course includes valuable information about the needs of people who are ill, grieving or dying, how to be a caring presence with others in such need, communication skills, bereavement, and self-awareness. Volunteers who have participated in past classes have said they are some of the most valuable learning experiences they’ve had. Many have felt the benefits reach far beyond their volunteer work, enhancing their personal lives, allowing them to feel much more comfortable and confident in difficult or unfamiliar situations.
We are currently accepting applications for volunteers and making plans for an excellent training program in February-March 2016. These classes are required of our direct care volunteers and are offered only every three years, so please consider signing up now. Call 468-4446 for more information or to request an application.
Direct care volunteers receive training which covers the important issues and information necessary to be considered a qualified, one-on-one, supportive volunteer. Direct care volunteers provide respite for family or paid caregivers, friendly visits for socialization, reassurance, and active listening. Assistance with correspondence and bill paying, personal care, and meal preparation are also included in the support we provide.
Associate care volunteers receive training that familiarizes them with our organization, what we do, and boundaries. They provide practical support for our clients, such as transportation to on-island appointments, gardening, light housekeeping, and meal prep and delivery. Associate care volunteers also provide administrative support and help with our fund raising events.
Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support is always looking for volunteers.
Whether you want to be a direct caregiver or you just have a few hours to do
some grocery shopping, your time, experience, and dedication are most welcome.
Please contact the office at 468-4446, or Mary O'Bryant at 468-2338, for more information.
In case of emergency dial 911
From cell phone: (360) 378-4141
For non-emergency: (360) 378-4151
10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm
Monday - Thursday
Office at 178 Weeks Road