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Volunteering

"Everyone has such big hearts and just volunteering here has been so wonderful. I've just never met such a great group of people who care so much about others."

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Hospice Georgina. We offer a variety of opportunities to learn, grow and give back to our community. Serving as a hospice volunteer can challenge your spirit, fill your heart and enrich your own life. You are guaranteed to meet extraordinary people who will share this incredible journey with you.

Caring, generous volunteers complement our programs and aid us in our mission to provide care for families in our community who face chronic conditions, illness, death, and bereavement. Volunteer applications are accepted year round. We encourage both male and female volunteers from all cultural, social and professional backgrounds. All volunteers are expected to complete a police screening, volunteer interview, orientation, training and attend volunteer Time Together meetings.

HOW CAN I HELP?

We don't see volunteering as a one-way street. We get your time and know-how, but you won't walk away empty-handed. You'll get new skills and experience. Maybe even a qualification or experience for future employment. And you'll have a really good time along the way meeting the incredible people in our Hospice Georgina family.

If you would like to become a volunteer, you can apply online here.

Alternatively you may download an application. Please note you may require Adobe Acrobat Reader (download here) to view the application form.

Volunteers must obtain a Police background check. You can apply online here. Applicants can select "District #3 for Georgina". Turnaround time is approximately 10 business days. If you are unable to complete the form online, please contact Laurie at Hospice Georgina for further assistance.

Offence Declaration

This form is to be completed by September 1 of  each year by all Hospice Georgina employees and volunteers, who have previously completed a criminal background check for Hospice Georgina.

Download Offence Declaration form here

Hospice Georgina has four categories of volunteers:

1 - PALLIATIVE VISITING VOLUNTEERS

Hospice Georgina relies on a number of specially trained volunteers to support a palliative client's social and emotional needs. All palliative care volunteers must complete the Core Concepts in Palliative Care course to do palliative visiting. Training is offered in-house at Hospice Georgina.

VISITING

Volunteers may visit in a client's home or place of residence, offer telephone support or provide caregiver support. Volunteers usually visit weekly and are needed for daytime, evening and weekend visits, depending on client preferences. Volunteers may also support children whose parent or sibling is living with a life-threatening illness with activities such as: homework, crafts or reading. Volunteers also facilitate groups such as the Willow Cancer Support Group.

Wednesday wellness program

Volunteer-led drop in programs are offered weekly in Sutton to provide caregiver relief and to provide a welcoming atmosphere for leisure and social time with a group who understand what other clients are experiencing.

2 - Grief support volunteers

Reaching out for support at the right time can truly make a difference for someone who is grieving. After completing bereavement skills training, Hospice volunteers play a key role in helping people along their grief journey.

Grief groups

Several volunteer-led group programs help clients to understand strategies surrounding the process of grieving. Wellness, journaling, meditation and understanding that everyone grieves differently are concepts supported through our programs.

Tributes

Volunteers provide supportive tips for families to remember both the life and the death of a loved one. Hospice Georgina volunteers plan community memorial services and other tributes such as maintaining the labyrinth and memory tree at the Georgina Civic Centre.

3 - Events and Outreach team

We welcome indirect client support volunteers to help meet our hospice goals. It is a great way to refresh your skills and expand your interests with others in a variety of volunteer activities:

  • Board of Directors or committee membership
  • Fundraising events
  • Volunteer recognition events
  • Community outreach - information booths, speakers
  • Communications and newsletters
  • Office support

4 - Lifestyle resource volunteers

Clients find that enhancing various lifestyle interests can improve their outlook, coping skills and sense of purpose in life. Lifestyle volunteers offer hands-on opportunities to explore creative arts and complementary therapies. Please consider sharing your talents with others:

  • Painting, quilting, music, journaling, scrapbooking, gardening, drumming, photography, crafts
  • Yoga, meditation, visualization, traditional healing, Tai Chi, therapeutic touch, massage therapy

Volunteer Training

Through training, hospice volunteers learn how to give the gift of the heart in providing emotional support, companionship and a listening ear to our clients and families. Our volunteers are carefully screened and given orientation. Additional training is required for direct client work with palliative or bereavement clients. Educational training conforms to Ontario provincial hospice standards. Volunteers must respect client and family privacy and maintain confidentiality at all times.

Information on other external workshops and seminars are shared with volunteers through this website, eNewsletter and posted on the office bulletin board.