Our dedicated volunteers donate hundreds of hours to help our patients and families. Many palliative care programs would not be possible without the variety of talents our volunteers bring with them, and of course, the time they are willing to give to brighten the lives of the children and families we serve.
Many volunteers help with our extensive bereavement offerings, including Good Mourning, Kamp Kaleidoscope and Camp Challenge programs for children and teens. In addition, the bereaved parent series, grandparent series, Precious Parents support group for bereaved parents of newborns, as well as our remembrance services, are made possible through the help of our many volunteers.
Some volunteers prefer direct service with families. We have in-home or in-community volunteers, who are paired with specific families in their geographic area, to provide companionship and other much-needed services. Some volunteers visit our families while they are hospitalized, with the opportunity to continue the relationship in the home setting.
Volunteers are also involved in direct care by making phone calls to families to see how they are doing, particularly after discharge from the hospital. If we’ve been working with your family and we haven’t heard from you in a while, you may hear from one of our volunteers, checking in to see if there’s anything you need.
Other volunteers help in our office with copying, filing and a variety of other tasks, including organizing and addressing the monthly cards the team sends out. We send holiday cards to all families, birthday cards to all active patients, and bereavement cards to families who have lost a child or loved one, on his or her date of birth and date of death. These cards are highly treasured by our families, even years after their child’s passing or angel day.
Volunteers serve on our Community Advisory Board, the Garden of Hope and Healing Advisory Board and our Expressive Therapy Center Advisory Board. There are more opportunities for volunteers now that the Expressive Therapy Center has opened.
Flashes of Hope, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and Faces of Angels volunteers provide families with lasting keepsakes, photos and drawings of their children. Flashes of Hope volunteers come to the hospital monthly to take professional portraits of patients, which families receive free of charge.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep provides complimentary portraits to parents suffering the loss of a baby, and Faces of Angels creates realistic drawings of patients for bereaved families to cherish.
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