Volunteers are at the heart of the VNA and are a key resource to the agency. More than 400 dedicated individuals generously donate their time and talent to assist in various aspects of the VNA. There are a range of responsibilities that covers the various areas of volunteering. Whether it is interacting with patients, being an extra hand in the VNA Hospice House, providing assistance around the office, or providing support in our hospice thrift stores, volunteers can be found in all aspects of our organization.
Looking for Ways to Make a Difference?
Our volunteers are men, women, and young adults who work in many areas and provide assistance in a variety of settings. By becoming a member of this service-oriented group, you can make a difference for yourself and for others. Below are some typical VNA Volunteer opportunities:
Working with Patients
These volunteers are often found providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support in homes throughout Indian River County as well as in area hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and at the VNA Hospice House – they offer respite care, help run errands, , or just visit with patients and families. In addition to providing support in a patient’s home, there are various aspects for volunteers who wish to work with patients and their families.
Volunteers provide comfort, compassion, and support to families during the final twenty-four to forty-eight hours of a patient’s life. This is often the time when families need reassurance from a volunteer. Sitting with a patient and holding a hand can help. Our Vigil Volunteers receive additional training to prepare them for this role.
Hospice House Volunteers
Volunteer roles at the VNA Hospice House include serving as patient companions and family liaisons as well as assisting with kitchen duties, administrative support, gardening and entertainment.
Sometimes the simple act of reaching out can go a long way. Hospice trained volunteers work with the hospice bereavement counseling staff to provide support services to bereavement clients through visits, phone calls and other supportive services.
There are times when VNA associates could use an extra set of hands around the office. Volunteers can assist with the day-to-day administrative duties such as filing, data entry, mailings, and reception duties.
VNA Hidden Treasures Hospice thrift stores rely on volunteers to help support the day-to-day activities of the stores. Sorting through donations, tagging merchandise, running the cash register, and assisting customers are just some of the ways volunteers help keep the store operating. The stores are located in Vero Beach and Sebastian, and proceeds from the stores help VNA Hospice provide care for Indian River County patients with life-limiting illnesses and also support the day-to-day operating expenses of the VNA Hospice House.
General Volunteer Orientation
Whether you are just starting to explore the idea of becoming a VNA volunteer or you’re ready to sign up today, the first step is to attend one of our General VNA Volunteer Orientation meetings. At the orientation, you will:
- Learn about VNA services and community initiatives
- Understand the various volunteer opportunities available
- Talk with the VNA Volunteer Program Manager and Coordinator
- Have the opportunity to fill out a volunteer application
The orientation takes place:
Every first and third Friday of the month
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach