National Volunteer Week
Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has been celebrated in April, and this year it falls on the week of April 15. President Obama recognized American volunteers in his 2011 Presidential Proclamation, and he encouraged people to “discover their own power to make a difference” by getting involved in volunteer opportunities.
Providence Life Services appreciates that message! We depend on hundreds of good people who donate thousands of hours each year. They make a big difference through small acts of kindness.
If you are involved in caring for a parent, you might be overwhelmed by the thought of volunteering. And that’s ok. If you are not in a “season” of volunteering right now, don’t feel guilty about allowing others to fill in!
But if your caregiving role involves spending hours at the bedside of an aging parent in a skilled nursing center, you might find it refreshing to volunteer to help others while you’re there. Many Providence communities have been blessed by the service of a visiting daughter who helps wheel residents to the dining room for supper, or a grandson who calls bingo for a room full of grandpas and grandmas, or a son who combs his father’s hair each morning, and then helps other gentlemen on the same floor. Not only are these acts of kindness a blessing to the residents, but they also can provide a break for the caregivers, who often get trapped in a relentless caregiving routine.
Sometimes it’s a high school student looking for “service hours.” Sometimes it’s a pastor, or a Girl Scout troop, or a retired couple, or a staff member’s child. All of these, and many more, have been a blessing to our residents. And we are grateful.
A Special Calling
One of our most sensitive ministry areas is Providence Hospice — and this ministry too needs volunteers. If you have the gift of compassion, a willingness to serve, and a desire to make an eternal difference, you might be a wonderful hospice volunteer. We need people who are willing to help in these ways:
- Office work
- Craft projects
- Wheelchair washing
- Games and activities
- Writing letters for patients
- Snack set-ups
- Creating memory books
- Reading to patients
- Holiday bake sales, caroling, and decorations
- Wheelchair transports of Hospice patients
Contact Providence Today
If there is a specific Providence community you would like to volunteer at, visit our Volunteer page and complete the form. We will make sure your information is directed to the community you specify.
If you feel called to make a difference as a Providence Hospice volunteer, email Froncell at Providence Hospice today, or call (800) 509-2800 to learn more.
Your time, talents, and spiritual gifts can enrich the lives of Providence clients, their families, and the Providence staff who serve them. And you just might find you receive a generous blessing in return.