Volunteer Information

Welcome Volunteers and potential volunteers. We will be posting coming events, education, and you will be able to find necessary information such as forms, policies and procedures, and links to volunteer handbooks and other information here.

Need volunteer assistance, submit volunteer hours, questions, ideas, please feel free to email me at anytime. My office working days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to 3:30pm.

Upcoming Volunteer Events: 

All  volunteer events on hold, we will let you know when volunteer events resume.

Monthly Volunteer News:

April 2020 Volunteer News

What a difference a month makes. I am hoping this email finds everyone well, and safe, and at home during this challenging time. Please reach out if you need anything, we are here to help. There are still staff at the office each week day if you or your clients’ needs assistance. We have collected a list of Community Services during COVID to assist if needed.  Please see attached document and the link below from the township of North Dundas:

List of community resource Township of North Dundas, businesses offering extra services during Covid.

We continue to have most of our programs suspended but still offer equipment lending, and many of our volunteers are reaching out by telephone to do check ins with hospice clients. Thank you to all of you that have lent a hand, helping us support and our clients, if you’d like to be added to the list to be available to make calls, please let me know.
We appreciate all of your support!! It’s at times like this that we can really make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable and those who are socially isolated in our community.

Please send in all of you March volunteer visiting hours and calls. For volunteers new to calls, please let me know the date and length of call, we record each call.

Unfortunately our March/April education , and volunteer appreciation events are cancelled but we hope to reschedule for a later date. For now I am hoping all of you will enjoy your much deserved free time to do some self-care: reading, movies, spring cleanup gardening, finding new ways to connect with friends and family , and enjoying the spring weather (while being socially distant).

Have a look at our March Health and safety presentation on Infection Prevention and Control

For those of you calling checking in on clients this is a fun link of conversation starters I like to use. If you find yourself looking for something new to discuss and a much needed distraction from all of the difficult news, there are some good ideas to get you started. Also attached is a caring for caregivers Caring for Caregivers Coping with Covid-19. Many of our clients and caregivers are feeling stressed and anxious during this time, your calls are important to them and I am already hearing from clients how much they are enjoying the calls, they look forward to it and they appreciate them.

Although this is a difficult time I am encouraged by all the good news stories : neighbours helping each other, new client/volunteer matches enjoying chats, bells ringing in support for health care workers, the community donating to the local food share program, and more!! We really hope to see you all soon, WE MISS YOU ALL!!

Take, care and stay safe, Tina

March Volunteer news 2020 

Hello Amazing Volunteers,

Spring is coming, I saw robins and lots of geese on my way into the Hospice this morning, there is hope!!

Please remember to send in your volunteer hours for February.

Mark your calendars:

Tuesday, March 24th, 1pm to 3pm – Volunteer education meeting- Stephanie from Seaway Valley Health will be doing a presentation on LGBTQ issues.- To be rescheduled

Thursday, April 23, 2pm to 4pm – Volunteer Appreciation event at JW Mac in Williamsburg, with special guest speaker Ian Henderson Certified Grief and bereavement educator ,we want to thank you for all you do, hope to see you there, please RSVP – see attached invitation

Thursday , May 14th, 1pm to 3:30pm – Special volunteer event – details coming soon, so mark your calendar!!

Education:

Please have a look at a video Applying the Idea of Baggage to Caregiving

Health and safety information for this for this Month : Help Protect yourself from financial Fraud Good information to keep in mind for us and the clients we support

Carona virus  information Government of Canada

We are still looking for a fundraising lead, and visiting volunteers for the North and South, if you have someone in mind that might be suitable for this or other hospice volunteer roles please have them contact me.

Take care, and hope to see you soon. Thanks for everything you do!!
Tina

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something. ~Author unknown

Course information

Here is the information in regards to the Indigenous cultural safety education program I mentioned at our last meeting. It’s an 8 week online course, I just recently completed it and found it very informative and recommend it. Let me know if you would like to register and only register if you are serious about completing the course, it is a higher cost program but fees are covered by the LHIN.

Enrollment for the Sany’as online training is ongoing starting weekly on Mondays. Here is a short description for those staff/volunteers that want to attend.

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Online Training is a facilitated training created for service providers who work with the Indigenous population (First Nations, Inuit, Métis). The goal of this training is to further develop your competencies and basic knowledge, with the objectives of:

• enhancing your knowledge of the history of colonization that happened in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities;
• improving your self-awareness in regards to your relationship with the Indigenous community; and
• Increasing your capacity to work with Indigenous people who access your services.

Ontario Core ICS Health*
Designed for people who work in health and focuses on issues that are specifically relevant for health care professionals working with Indigenous people in Ontario. Learning is self-paced over an eight-week window and typically takes between ten and twelve hours to complete, though this could be longer or shorter depending on your style of learning.

We are looking for copies of the following books for our Grief and Bereavement book club, if you have a copy of either of these books could the hospice borrow it please.
-The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch
-The year of Magical thinking – Joan Didion

Please share this volunteer opportunity with family ,friends, and colleagues.
Dundas County Hospice is looking for a Fundraising Lead
Are you an organized leader with an eye for detail? Are you a team player with good delegation skills? If you are looking to volunteer with a not-for-profit organization which supports our community members at their most vulnerable, then we may have the position you are looking for! We are in need of an enthusiastic, eager and creative individual to lead our fundraising committee. We are a group of mostly volunteers who collaborate to put on the Dundas County Hospice’s three major annual fundraisers: the Hike for Hospice in May, the Golf for Hospice tournament in June and In Good Taste, our newest event, in October. Many on the team have past experience with these events and all have a shared commitment to the organization. Time commitment varies from a few hours a month to more hours in the months leading up to an event. There is staff support for you and the team. If you would like to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity, please contact Tina, Volunteer Co-ordinator, at 613-535-2215 x2 or vc@dundascountyhospice.ca.

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