Check out the opportunities available for volunteers below:
Patient and Family Support – Support patients and families by providing companionship, sitting with patients to give family caregivers a break, assisting with small tasks, running errands, or providing transportation. "Tuck-in Volunteers" call patients and families weekly to find out if they have any needs prior to the weekend. Our Tuck-in Volunteer Program received an "Award of Excellence" from Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
11th Hour – Provide emotional support and a caring presence to patients as they near death, in order to ensure that no Covenant patient dies alone.
Reflections Life Review – Assist patients and family members in recording memories and life stories in a beautiful journal or video. Our Reflections Life Review Program and Journal received an “Award of Excellence” in volunteer programs from Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Bereavement – Work closely with Bereavement Specialists to provide family support including mailings, phone calls, visits, and assistance with grief workshops or support groups.
Children's Programs – Work closely with Children's Specialists to provide support to children served by Covenant Hospice through Camp Monarch and other events. Support children with chronic illnesses through the Partners in Care - Together for Kids program.
Administrative Support – Provide administrative support to Covenant staff in branch offices. Activities include answering phones, filing, computer work, assembling mailings and materials, and reception work.
Fundraising & Special Events – Join our Development Volunteers in planning and volunteering at events that raise funds and increase community awareness. The fundraising efforts provided by volunteers make it possible for Covenant Hospice to care for patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Ambassadors – Trained volunteer Ambassadors expand outreach, education and access to care. Represent Covenant Hospice at community activities, in assisted living facilities and nursing homes and at veterans events. Speak to faith congregations, civic, and community groups about Covenant Hospice programs and services.
Faith-Based Volunteers - Covenant Hospice welcomes the involvement of faith congregations. Individuals and groups are needed to help with projects that benefit patients and families. Members can choose to become involved in sewing and craft projects, cooking and baking, home and yard maintenance and many other services that make patients' days brighter.
Community Partnership Volunteer Program – Corporations, businesses, professional organizations, military groups, civic clubs, university and college groups are invited to become Covenant volunteer partners. Your help is needed to support fundraising events, to sponsor one-day projects that benefit patients and families, or to adopt a family during the holidays. Volunteering for Covenant Hospice is a great way to bring your team together to benefit the community.
Covenant Care Teens - The Covenant Care Teen Program provides volunteer oppotunities for high school students (ages 14-18 or grades 9-12). Teen volunteers visit Covenant patients and other residents in nursing facilities, assist with fundraisers and outreach events, and provide computer and administrative support in the office.
Alzheimer's Family Services (AFS) - Provide support to families coping with Alzheimer's disease and to their loved ones. Specialized volunteer training is provided by AFS, an affiliate of Covenant Hospice. Volunteers provide administrative support, assist with fundraisers, provide outreach and assist with Project Lifesaver.
We Honor Veterans (WHV) - Covenant invites veterans and active duty military personnel to volunteer with the We Honor Veterans Program. This is a nationally recognized initiative developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program's goal is to provide quality end-of-life care that meets the unique needs of veterans and to recognize them for their service to our country. Covenant's WHV volunteer program places veteran and active duty volunteers with veteran patients to visit, share stories and provide certificates and pins honoring veterans.
Volunteer Screening Requirements
Covenant Hospice trained volunteers complete a Volunteer Information Form that includes references, a criminal background check, signed Confidentiality Statement, signed Standards of Performance Excellence, and Media Release (optional). Teen volunteers, under the age of 18, are required to have a signed Parent/Guardian Consent Form. Volunteers who will have direct contact with patients and family members complete an initial 2-step TB test or provide documentation of TB test or chest x-ray and annual flu vaccine.
Community volunteers complete a one-page Community Volunteer Information Form and sign Covenant's Confidentiality Statement. These volunteers provide indirect support such as moving furniture, mowing yards, making home repairs, building ramps, sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking and fundraising. Community volunteers are often involved once or twice a year but may also provide ongoing support.