Our volunteers are an integral part of the success of Regional Hospice. They play an important role in the care and support of our patients and their families as well as helping in many administrative and operational areas.
Requirements to volunteer for Regional Hospice:
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The Regional Hospice Youth Project (RHYP) offers many opportunities for students in grades 7-12 to serve as volunteers at Regional Hospice. Students of any age can participate in fundraising activities and help promote education as to what hospice is. Students 16 years of age and older can work with patients and their families at the Center, in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, act as a Lobby Greeter in the Center or help in other areas.
Our major RHYP fund raising activity is our annual Color Fest. Our youth volunteers form teams and raise money by completing a fun run at Tarrywile Park in Danbury.
We invite you to meet some of our volunteers who give so freely of their time to help us accomplish our mission. We are beyond grateful for each one of them.
We say it all the time and we really mean it – our volunteers and staff are the heart of Regional Hospice. Our “Heart of Hospice” program recognizes and honors both volunteers and staff for the difference they make in the lives of our patients, their loved ones and our organization. They are featured on our social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and X – formerly known as Twitter) as well as in our weekly volunteer newsletter, bi-weekly staff newsletter and quarterly donor newsletter.
Here are some volunteers who are the “Heart of Hospice”
I am Adeethyia Shankar, a first-year student at Brown University, and I have been a Volunteer at Regional Hospice for six months as a Center family support volunteer and lobby greeter. I was drawn to Regional Hospice because when my grandfather was sick in India, I remember seeing so many people helping him and making him feel comfortable. It meant a lot to me, and I wanted to do the same. Also, I love the opportunity to provide for people experiencing the final portion of their lives. It is rewarding to deliver food trays to them and their families, answer patient calls or even just hold their hand. Every day, I try to learn one new thing, and I remember my gratitude for the mentors who have guided me in life, whether in academics or even my personal wellness. I also try to give back to the community by being a mentor to younger kids and serving our elders, such as in hospice.
My name is Rochelle Albini and I started at Regional Hospice 4 months ago as a community family support volunteer. I was drawn to Regional Hospice because of the staff and support I found there. I have been a hospice volunteer for almost 20 years in different places I have lived. I love my job because I believe the end of life should be honored. I enjoy giving love and support so that people feel seen and heard at this time of their lives. I now see that it is a “calling” which I am grateful to do. Focusing on what I’m grateful for each day makes every day the best. This is an especially good time in my life so it’s easier to do! Thanks for the opportunity to do these things. And for being a part of Regional Hospice.
My name is Grace Jeffries and I’ve been a Family Support Volunteer and Lobby Greeter for Regional Hospice since the summer of 2021. After volunteering in an inpatient hospice unit in Pennsylvania during undergrad, I was excited to continue to foster a safe and trustworthy environment for patients at Regional Hospice. Volunteering for Regional Hospice has been an invaluable experience and has allowed me to become a familiar face and source of encouragement for patients and their families during a vulnerable time in their lives. I’ve especially enjoyed collaborating with other volunteers and staff to learn new skills and continue to strive to provide the highest quality care for patients. Making the best of every day means maintaining a positive attitude and the desire to be a source of joy for others. Each individual at Regional Hospice exemplifies these goals.