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Volunteering

Volunteering is an excellent way to keep your resume current, stay connected in your community and create new friendships while you 'pay it forward'.

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Volunteer Opportunities at The Washington Home

These opportunities do not require training except where noted below. For more information and to volunteer your services, please contact Charles Bond at 202.895.0104 or e-mail cbond@thewashingtonhome.org.

Administrative Support - Provide clerical assistance to include; answering the phone, filing, assisting with mailings, organizing medical supplies, and assembling admission packets. An additional three-hour training session is required.
Special Events Coordinator - Provide administrative help with mailings and event logistics including hotel set up, food and beverages ordering, and on-site registration.

Planned Giving Legal Counsel - Provide legal advice for the Planned Giving Program and host staff/volunteer training seminars.

Grant Writer/Researcher - Research and identify single and multi-year grant sources, help maintain proposal timelines and prepare reports to foundations.

Mealtime Assistant - Help residents with special needs at mealtimes. Additional training provided.

Friendly Visitor - Visit an assigned resident weekly to help with letter writing and reading. Nursing Unit Support - Assist unit clerks with phones and clerical duties.

General Clerical Support - Answer phones, assist with typing, and filing and other assignments.

Four-legged Friends Program - Brighten resident's days by visiting with your dog. Requires PAL certification. Call
202.895.2612 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Community Hospices

These are opportunities to serve patients and their families in homes and our long-term facility and to provide administrative help in the hospice offices. Training is held in several locations in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia and involves a total of 16 - 20 hours.

Please contact the volunteer coordinator at the office nearest you for more information and to sign up to volunteer.  The offices are:

Community Hospice of Washington
3720 Upton Street NW
Washington DC
202.895.2612

Community Hospice of MD
4041 Powder Mill Rd, Suite 600
Beltsville, MD
301.560.6000

Hospice Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Inpatient Unit Volunteer (Washington location only) - Provide non-medical support services to patients and their families to include: companionship and emotional support, assist with feeding patients, fill water pitchers, assist ambulatory patients in walking, and assist with answering phones and greeting visitors.

Homecare and Long-term Care Volunteer - Provide non-medical support through companionship and friendly visits to patients and caregivers in their homes or in long-term care facilities. May consist of reading to patients, preparing light meals, helping families with limited shopping and errands, and listening to a patient share thoughts.

Bereavement Volunteer - Provide grief education and telephone follow-up for individuals and groups. Requires an additional 8-12 hours of training and supervision.

11TH Hour Volunteer - Provide support and a caring presence to hospice patients dying alone by helping supplement the professional hospice team. Must complete the hospice training program and be an active volunteer for at least six months before serving as an 11th Hour Volunteer. Requires additional training.

Four-legged Friends Program - Brighten resident's days by visiting with your dog. Requires PAL certification. Call
202.895.2612 for more information.





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