University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Heartland Hospice Eau Claire -Contributing Through Volunteerism

30 hours

Community partner: cathy barkovich
Supervisor: Cathy Barkovich
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


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

Answer Hospice volunteers are essential to providing the level of care and support that patients and their loved ones expect from hospice care. The primary goal of a hospice volunteer is to provide empathy and companionship to both the patient and their loved ones during difficult times. The tasks of Volunteers may include: staying with patients so family members can get a rest, reading, running errands, playing games, providing a comfort touch, providing a friendly visit to lift a patients spirits.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Our MISSION is to provide exceptional care with empathy for our patients and their families so they may live with comfort, dignity and respect. Our VISION is to be the first choice of patients, families. healthcare providers and associates for hospice, palliative and personal care. Our VALUES include: Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Skills required: Good listening, Comfort level with people approaching death, Reliable, Compassionate, Commitment, Willing to help, Energetic


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer 1. Develop confidence and communication skills. These traits are part of leaderships skills and can be a natural side effect of volunteerism. 2. Build community service hours 3. Gain and/or improve skills


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer As a hospice volunteer, you can donate as much or little of your time . Minimum expectation is 2 visits per month, 30 minutes per visit. Must provide own transportation. Pass a background check and drug test. Require drivers license and insurance. Complete a detailed orientation to the hospice program (approx. 10-12 hours), so you will fully understand our caring philosophy and goals and have the skills needed to assist patients and their families.


Additional information (not required).

Answer Gaining real-world work experience through volunteering is a great way to build skills, increase employability and enjoy a range of benefits. How does volunteering help you as a student? 1. Meet new people. Volunteering provides social interaction and is proven to improve brain function, increase mental health and life expectancy. 2. Give back to the community. At its most, volunteering is about using your passion to give back to those in need and contributing to community resources. 3. Achieve a balance. Volunteering is another way to reduce stress and find a healthy balance away from the books. 4. Discover new places. 5. Have fun. It is a chance to get away from the daily grind and meet new people, new skills, and gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. 6. Test out a career. 7. Stand out from the crowd. Employers will look very favorably on student’s volunteer work experience as it gives insight into the type of person a student is away from work and school. They can add to their CV or LinkedIn.