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Proposal

Friendly Visitor - Hospice Volunteer

30 hours


Community partner: Heartland Hospice
Supervisor: Charlotte Hudgins
Beginning date:
2020-01-09
Ending Date:
2020-05-18

Service-Learning Proposal Description

1.

Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer Our volunteers are a vital part of our hospice care team and offer services such as friendly visits, companionship, support, respite, vigil, music, or pet visits to our patients and their families facing a terminal illness. Our patients reside in their own homes or residential care facilities throughout western Wisconsin.

2.

What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer The mission of Heartland Hospice is to enrich lives by providing high quality services to our patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. We promise to care for the mind, body, and spirit in a way that is comforting and compassionate by serving our patients and their families with integrity and honesty.

3.

What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Positive approach to life, maturity, empathy, flexibility, reliability, a sense of humor, willingness to help others and an enjoyment of being with them, ability and willingness to work as a team member, respect personal boundaries, and confidentiality.

4.

What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Gain knowledge and experience of hospice, health care, and social services for those facing terminal illnesses.

5.

What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer 1-3 hours a week. Schedule is flexible, but patient visits are completed during daytime hours. Students can pursue 30 service learning hours in one semester or split the time between two semesters. Training time counts towards hours served.

6.

Additional information (not required).

Answer Volunteers must complete an in-person interview, pass required state background check, provide 2 personal references, complete 12 hours of training and TB skin test (at no cost to the volunteer). For more information or, if interested in applying, please contact Charlotte Hudgins at 715-214-2485 or at Charlotte.Hudgins@heartlandhospice.com