Volunteers were responsible for founding WV Caring and they remain the cornerstones even today. That is why the WV Caring Volunteer Program is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. When indicated and agreed upon by the patient and family, a trained volunteer is assigned to provide respite care and support. The nature of our services means we are always looking for individuals with varying personalities, talents and time.
Volunteers are provided education and training to prepare them for the role they will perform for the organization. Throughout the year volunteers come together for fellowship and the annual volunteer appreciation celebration.
WV Caring Honors its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week
April 19th – 25th
WV Caring is honoring its 200 volunteers during national volunteer week. Our volunteers give their talents and time to help and support our patients and families living with life-limiting illnesses. Last year, they provided over 5,237 hours and 2,745 miles to support our mission.
Even during the Covid-19 pandemic while practicing social distancing, our volunteers mobilized their sewing groups and individuals to make over 1000 masks for our patients and families. In addition, they have made cards to cheer up our patients and wish them a Happy Easter. Calls have taken place of the in-person visits to check in with them and still provide companionship.
Volunteers play an integral role in providing care for our most vulnerable population. As required by the Medicare, Conditions of Participation, hospices are required to have volunteers provide five percent of the total paid hours that clinical staff provided.
WV Caring’s volunteers provide companionship and support for our patients, work in our offices with administrative duties, assist at our two Resale Shops and support of our various outreach and events throughout the year.
“Even though we will have to reschedule our annual Volunteer Appreciation Events, we take this time to honor and celebrate their selfless acts of kindness, time, talents and energy devoted to the mission of WV Caring’s non-profit hospice,” said Kim Riley, Manager of Development, Outreach and Volunteer Services.
Currently, WV Caring is seeking volunteers in several areas including: Resale Shop, Outreach and Events, Patient Care, Administrative and Clerical, Bereavement and Spiritual, and Special Talents like music, art, or pet therapy.
If you would like to give of your time and support patients with life-limiting illnesses and make a difference in our community, please contact Kim Riley by calling 1-800-350-1161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Virginia Caring, WV Caring, is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit an advanced illness provider, dedicated to improve care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families while providing advocacy, outreach, education and expertise in grief support to the entire community. Since 1983, WV Caring serves the following twelve counties in West Virginia: Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel. WV Caring is one of a few not for profit, stand-alone hospices serving North Central West Virginia.
Patient/Family Support Volunteers provide companionship and support to our patients and families in their own homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Duties may include respite care, reading to the patient, running errands, and light housework.
Bereavement Volunteers provide companionship and support to people who are suffering from grief (not limited to those who have lost a loved one). Duties may include home visits and telephone calls.
Activity Volunteers provide assistance to patients in nursing and assisted living facilities with activities by the WV Caring Outreach Team (i.e., play games, design crafts, afternoon tea, and reading)..
Resale Shop Volunteers support our Resale Shops in providing a wide array of services such as cashier, pricing, sorting, stocking and store upkeep.
Office Volunteers provide administrative support to hospice staff in our offices such as filing, computer input, assembling information packets, telephone support and reception work.
Music Volunteers provide musical companionship and support to patients and families by singing or playing a musical instrument in the home or a home-like setting.
Fundraising/Community Outreach/Speakers Bureau Volunteers assist with community programs and events that raise the community awareness and funds for WV Caring such as health fairs, speaking engagements, golf tournaments, Light Up A Life, Camp Nabe, and Walk For Hospice. Also, they assist with presenting information in regards to WV Caring to community members.
Maintenance/Construction Volunteers assist WV Caring Maintenance personnel in upkeep, repair, and needed constructions for patient homes, our Resale Shops, and offices.
Veteran Volunteer Program Opportunities…so many ways to serve
WV Caring is part of the We Honor Veterans Program, proudly reaching the highest level IV. Our staff and Veteran Volunteers understand the unique needs and challenges of Veterans and, we are meeting the specific issues that Veterans and their families may face at the end of life.
- Companionship, socialization, letter writing, playing games
- Light housekeeping, transportation, and running errands
- Life review and telling stories for the family legacy
- Provide caregivers with a much needed break
- Participate in pinning ceremonies
- Assist in replacing medals and final wishes
- Visit Veterans
- Participate in memorial services
For more information on how to participate or volunteer, please contact Kim Riley at email@example.com
BEREAVEMENT CAMP – CAMP CARING
Formerly Camp Nabe
Since 1996, WV Caring has held a bereavement to support children and teens in West Virginia who have lost a loved one and provides the child an opportunity to spend a day with other children who have also experienced loss. This one-day camp is free of charge and is open to any child age six to fourteen and the adults in the child’s life.
Help for the Whole Family
The pain of a death affects the whole family. As adults, we often are at a loss at how to help the child we love who is hurting, and how to take time to heal ourselves.
WV Caring has added grief workshops for the surviving adults in the child’s life. These sessions will run at the same time as our children’s camp. The purpose is that each family member is individually strengthened and supported so that the entire family can move forward together on their journey of grief to a place of new normal.
If you have questions, would like more information on camp, call Donna Davis, Camp Director, WV Caring at 1-800-350-1161 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about hospice volunteering, please contact the following:
MARION, MONONGALIA, PRESTON AND WETZEL COUNTIES
Volunteer Service Coordinator
3437 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26505