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Hope and Healing Through Connection

DHH is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the provision of non-medical support for those affected by or caring for an individual with a life-threatening illness, as well as bereavement support.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are the foundation of Doane House Hospice. Whether you like to sit and chat, walk and talk, help in the office or with fundraising events, we have a volunteer position that will best fit you.

Client Service Roles 

1. Visiting Volunteers- provide weekly visits to an individual with a life threatening illness in their home to offer companionship, support, and caregiver relief. Commitment: 2-4 hours per week

2. Oasis Program Volunteers – The Oasis program provides support to individuals living with a life threatening illness allowing them to get out of the house. Volunteers interact with client to provide support actives and lunch. Commitment: 4 ½ hours once a month.

3. Caregiver Support Group Facilitators- are trained to facilitate a weekly support group for people caring for a loved one with a life threatening illness.  The facilitators create a safe place for caregivers to share their experiences, learn new skills, and engage in self-care.Volunteers must complete additional training or have appropriate past experience Commitment: 3-4 hours per week

4. Bereavement Volunteers-support individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one on an individual basis or as a facilitator of a closed bereavement group.
Bereavement volunteers must have supported clients for a year or more and must complete bereavement training or have appropriate past experience.  Commitment: 3-5 hours per week for 6-to-8-week groups.  Groups run 4-5 times per year. 1-2 hours weekly for individualized support

5. Complementary Therapy Volunteers- trained professionals who offer their services free of charge to support individuals in managing physical discomfort and pain related to their illness and to caregivers who utilize complementary therapies to manage their stress. Volunteers are qualified in massage therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and other complementary therapies.  Volunteers attend the Oasis program to provide their services.Commitment:  Commitment: Arranged with the Hospice based on availability 

Administrative, Community Awareness and Event Roles

1. Administrative Volunteers- assist staff at the hospice office. Responsibilities may include reception work, filing, computer tasks, data entry, Internet research, assistance with social media and program-related responsibilities.Commitment: 3-4 hours per week

2. Gardening Volunteers -assist in maintaining the gardens and outdoor space including planting, weeding, and raking leaves. Commitment: Seasonally May to October-2-4 hours per week

3. Newsletter Volunteers- plan and produce a monthly e-newsletter for volunteer services.  This includes researching, interviewing and writing articles, providing content and assisting with layout and graphic content. Commitment:  4 to 6 hours per month

4. Death Café Volunteers- plan and facilitate an informal discussion group where people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.  Death Café aims to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their lives.  It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.  Volunteers complete additional training or have appropriate past experienceCommitment: approx. 8-10 hours per month 4X per year

5. Social Media Volunteers- assist with the management and maintenance of our social media accounts and websitesCommitment:  4 to 6 hours per month

6. Hospice Ambassadors- educate people about hospice care and hospice services and support.  Volunteers represent both Doane House Hospice and Margaret Bahen Hospice at community events and as speakers at community groups. Ambassadors are involved in activities to recruit new volunteers and raise funds for hospice.Commitment: 4 hours per month

7. Seamstress Volunteers- are experienced sewers who are entrusted to create a Memory Bear using the clothing of a loved one who has died.  A Memory bear is a precious keepsake that helps a person preserve their memories of a loved one.  The pattern and material are provided.Commitment: 4 hours per month

8. Volunteer Service Assistant-supports the running of volunteer services.  Responsibilities may include data entry, filing and program-related responsibilities.Commitment: 4 hours per week

9. Event Volunteers -assist with fundraising and awareness events including Hike For Hospice, Tee Off for Hospice as both committee members and on the day of the events. Commitment: Seasonal for committee work, must be flexible

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Art Therapy Program

Art Therapy is a different approach to traditional talk therapy, where participants can use the art process to express thoughts and feelings they may not know how to otherwise express.