“I did not choose this work, it chose me—and I'm so glad it did, because this has been the most remarkable experience I've ever had.”
—Care Dimensions volunteer
Care Dimensions volunteers support and enhance our services and make a real difference in the lives of our hospice patients and their families. Our volunteers work in almost every department—visiting with patients, assisting at the Kaplan Family Hospice House or the Care Dimensions Hospice House, working in the administration offices, making bereavement calls, taking their therapy dog to visit patients, and so much more. We offer volunteering opportunities throughout our service area in Eastern Massachusetts.
Our volunteers are motivated by a desire to give something back, but soon find that the emotional and spiritual rewards they receive far outweigh the time and caring they contribute.
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Mary Crowe, interviews Care Dimensions Director of Volunteer Services & Complementary Therapies Sheryl Meehan and longtime volunteer Nancy Usher about the vital role that volunteers play in end-of-life care.
Care Dimensions volunteer Meghan Gardner of Bedford, MA, recalls a moving experience that she considers her "calling" to volunteer with hospice patients.
Care Dimensions volunteers are special people. They’re kind, sensitive to others and they’re non-judgmental. They have the ability to listen, are reliable and most importantly, they truly care. Many people would like to be a volunteer, but are not sure what is expected of them, and if they have the right skill set. Because Care Dimensions is a large, multi-faceted organization, we offer varied opportunities and extensive training for volunteers – from direct interaction with patients and families to work in our accounting department. No volunteer is placed in a position that he or she is not trained to do, or is uncomfortable doing.
As a Care Dimensions volunteer, you need to:
As a Care Dimensions volunteer, you will be part of an organized and attentive volunteer program that provides extensive training, support and enrichment classes, the flexibility to contribute at all times of the day and week, and many opportunities for camaraderie and fellowship with other volunteers.
Learn more about our ongoing training and support.
We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have.
In this episode of Living Forever, Not An Option, hosts Lyn and Mary discuss the role of hospice volunteers with Care Dimensions' Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies, Sheryl Meehan.More Podcasts Here
Community volunteers Henrietta Goodwin and Marilyn Brauss donate their talents to create prayer squares and quilts that are given to patients at Care Dimensions’ Kaplan Family Hospice House.
Having been on the receiving end of kind acts during difficult times, Michael Person is giving back as a hospice volunteer for Care Dimensions.Continue reading
Pet therapy can bring a bit of happiness to those who need it. Care Dimensions Volunteer Nancy Donaldson shares her experience of visiting hospice patients with her dog Wilson.Continue reading
Grateful for the support her family received from hospice team members, Susan Phillips is using lessons she learned to help patients and families as a Care Dimensions hospice volunteer.Continue reading
As we observe National Volunteer Week, Care Dimensions thanks our volunteers who perform many tasks that help hospice patients and families.Continue reading
After helping nonprofit organizations throughout his career, Alan Wichlei found rewards in retirement as a Care Dimensions hospice volunteer.Continue reading
Vietnam War veteran Jeff Najarian is passionate about serving other veterans, including a 100-year-old who receives hospice at home from Care Dimensions.Continue reading
A Care Dimensions hospice volunteer listens to a patient with dementia and reaps a great reward.Continue reading
Volunteers Kathy Sylvanowicz and Lola, the chocolate Lab, were Care Dimensions volunteers for three years, visiting hospice patients and bringing them joy.Continue reading
Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore, has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.