With the end of school terms and graduations approaching, Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to provide comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally-ill patients and their families in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities.
Crossroads welcomes student volunteers who are 16 years or older to donate time to hospice volunteering.
By donating as little as 45 minutes per week, students can help fulfill community service hour requirements while refining their social skills, boosting self-confidence and developing new talents.
Volunteers are also welcome to help Crossroads staff in the office, including planning a “Gift of a Day,” which asks a patient to describe a perfect day and then makes it a reality, and writing life journals that chronicle the history, events, and blessings of a person’s life.
Volunteers share their favorite activities like reading, playing cards or other games, listening to music, or arts and crafts. They can also run errands and provide respite for family members.
“We call our volunteers ‘Ultimate Givers’ because they selflessly give extra love and comfort to terminally-ill patients and their families,” says Volunteer Manager Olivia Courtney. “Just being a friendly voice or giving caregivers a much-needed break makes a world of difference. Best of all, our volunteers often gain as much as they give—new relationships, new skills, self-esteem and great satisfaction.”
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Olivia Courtney at (513) 786-3747 or Olivia.Courtney@crossroadshospice.com or visit https://www.crossroadshospice.com/hospice-volunteering/hospice-volunteering/.
Before becoming a Crossroads Hospice “Ultimate Giver,” participants must complete an application, TB skin test, and training session led by members of the Crossroads team.
Potential volunteers must wait a minimum of one year after the death of an immediate family member or loved one before applying.
Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is committed to being at the forefront of the hospice care industry, to continually shape the way end-of-life care is viewed and administered. The mission of Crossroads Hospice is to provide highly unique, comprehensive, and compassionate hospice services to persons experiencing a life-limiting illness and to their caregivers. Visit www.crossroadshospice.com for more information.