Campbell River

Hospice Society

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Volunteer Corner

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers are caring men and women who are specifically trained by Hospice in the following areas:

1.  In understanding the needs & concernc of the dying and bereaved.
2.  To listen confidentially and support without judging or advising.
3.  To provide client companionship, support, respite and vigil service.
4.  May have experienced an illness and loss in their own life and have personal insight.
5.  Provide assistance by effectively accessing the society and other community resources.
6.  Undergo regular RCMP security check.

Volunteers - An Important Resource

Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations have. The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves is a valuable resource.

The image of the volunteer has changed over time. Gone is the stereotype of the middle-aged housewife with time on her hands. Now volunteers come from all walks of life: they may be a teenager learning to manage responsibility by caring for wounded wildlife, an executive sharing management skills with a community group or a retiree enjoying a new friendship as a volunteer reader at the community library.

Ideally, volunteers find the donation of their time and energy a meaningful experience for themselves as well as for the organization. A true win/win situation.

               WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

Benefits You as a Volunteers Bring to the Organization

1.  Credibility – volunteers have fewer vested interests, making them a valuable public relations asset
2.  Objectivity – especially in the delivery of services
3.  Refreshed energy
4.  Specialized skills and knowledge
5.  Public opinion on important issues
6.  New ideas to enrich the existing program
7.  Flexibility to focus intently on a particular task or issue
8.  Constructive criticism and feedback
9.  Fresh perspectives – "new blood" can keep an organization alive
10. Ability to lessen the overall workload
11. Capacity to expand services
12. Immediate access to the community

Why Do People Volunteer?

to help others and contribute to the community
to use skills in a new setting
to find new friends and new relationships
to develop a sense of accomplishment and self-worth
to learn new skills
to meet requirements of a course or program
to challenge themselves
to work for a cause
to gain recognition for their abilities
to help improve the quality of community life