Being a part of a community is truly a wonderful thing. According to Dictionary.com, a community is defined as, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” Our community is made up of so many different people, from all walks of life. Every individual is important and what makes a community truly successful is our ability to come together for those in need.
People run into difficulties during all stages of life: old, young, middle-aged, even at birth. Life throws unforeseeable obstacles in our paths and we’re not always able to make the hurdle on our own. It’s during times like these where empathy and compassion can go a long way. Communities can come together to help touch the lives of those in need. Volunteers play a vital role in an organizations ability to reach members of the community during a difficult time in their lives.
Benefits of being a volunteer:
Volunteering provides many intangible benefits that go beyond typical forms of compensation. Most volunteer positions are flexible and provide training that can teach people how to utilize skills that they already possess in new and impactful ways. And, volunteering creates a unique opportunity for people to build relationships with others that they may not normally have the chance to connect with. And, while volunteering has a significant impact on patients’ lives, volunteers are often surprised by how their own lives are changed by the experience. Throughout the course of volunteering, friendships can be formed, life lessons are shared, and memories created.
What a volunteer’s time means to an organization:
According to the Independent Sector website, the estimated value for a volunteer’s time per hour is $24.69 for organizations. This means that volunteers for nonprofits, like Assisted Home Health & Hospice Foundation, help expand program outreach to more and more individuals then if they were operating with a full time paid staff and allows them to touch the lives of so many.
What volunteering means to the community:
Aristotle is quoted saying, “What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” Volunteering today holds true to this principle. Volunteers and organizations come together to provide support and care for those experiencing difficult and trying times.
Assisted Home Health & Hospice Foundation works with a team of compassionate volunteers dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of our hospice patients by providing companionship and support for both patients and their families. Volunteers have the opportunity to help make a difference in lives both big and small with our “Hands to Cuddle, Paws to Love” pet program that assists with caring for patients pets when they are no longer able to do so themselves. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.AssistedCares.com/Foundation.