As a Blue Ridge Hospice volunteer you will become an important member of the Hospice Team. Whether you choose to work directly with patients and families or to volunteer in other ways, you will be making a difference in someone's life.
Obviously, the end result of living is dying, a natural process experienced by all. Often this view of the inevitable offers invaluable lessons, as expressed by a Blue Ridge Hospice volunteer:
"Often, we get more out of this relationship than we give, that we learn more than we teach, that the dying are in fact our best teachers. Thank you for letting us hold your hand. You said I gave you courage, but together we produced courage for both of us. Thank you for reaffirming that hospice is about living, for reminding us how fragile life really is, that we should live fully each day being certain to say "I love you; I'm sorry; you're so special; thank you." Our lives are fuller and have more meaning because of you."
Volunteer opportunities include:
Patient/Family Support Volunteers provide one-on-one emotional support and companionship to our patients and their families. Friendly visits, life review, and assistance with errands are just a few of the many way in which volunteers brighten the lives of our patients.
Inpatient Care Center Cooks
The Inpatient Care Center Cooking Volunteers provide occasional meals for the residents and th
eir families in our family-style kitchen located at the Inpatient Care Center.
Music Volunteers work closely with Blue Ridge Hospice Music Therapists to provide comfort, companionship, and entertainment for our patients through the use of music. No formal music training is required.
Pet Therapy Volunteers provide companionship to patients and family members through scheduled pet visits. Pets participating in the Pet Therapy Volunteer Program must meet specific criteria prior to their first visit.
Administrative Support Volunteers assist in the Reception, Medical Records, Marketing and Volunteer Departments, manning the switchboard, filing, copying, data entry, charting, and other similar activities.
Events and Fundraising
Event and Fundraising volunteers represent Blue Ridge Hospice at designated community events, and participate in fundraising activities throughout the year.
Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops
Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops are located in Winchester, Berryville, Stephens City, and Purcellville, VA. Thrift Shop Volunteers assist with receiving, sorting, tagging, and displaying donated items as well as assisting customers.
Teen Volunteer Program
The Blue Ridge Hospice Teen Volunteer Program offers area students volunteer opportunities in fundraising, community events, Thrift Shop, office support and patient care. Assignments are based upon age appropriateness and the interests of teens. Teens volunteering with patients will be assigned a "Volunteer Mentor", when appropriate. Communication between the volunteer, volunteer families and Blue Ridge Hospice is an essential element of the program. These exceptionally dedicated young ladies and gentlemen give their time and their hearts to make a difference in our patient's lives.