There are many ways to lend a hand.
Patient & Family Care Services
We require and provide comprehensive training for volunteers who support and provide companionship for patients and their families. Opportunities may be available in the following areas:
Patient Support. Volunteers visit patients where they live, whether a private residence or a senior care facility. The visit may mean simply sitting with a patient to provide a comforting presence. Or the volunteer might play a game of cards or reminisce with the patient. Patient care volunteers also support both staff and patients at our hospice inpatient unit.
Caregiver Respite. Volunteers provide respite for caregivers, staying with the patient while family members run errands, keep appointments or take some restorative time alone.
Vigils. In senior care facilities, volunteers participate in bedside vigils when a patient’s death is imminent to ensure that the patient is not alone during the final hours.
Families with Children. Volunteers assist counselors with support groups for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
CampCare. At our annual summer grief support camp, volunteers serve as counselors and support staff.
Front Desk. Volunteers staff our Glenview campus reception desk Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., greeting and announcing visitors.
Lifts. Volunteers get together regularly to assemble packets, mailings and forms that are important to Midwest CareCenter operations.
Knit Wits. Volunteers get together regularly to stitch, sew and stuff positioning pillows and to knit or crochet lap robes or other comfort items for Midwest CareCenter patients.
Special Department Projects. Volunteers offer their unique skills to assist various departments with a broad array of projects.
Community & Special Projects
Events. A variety of friend- and fundraising events are held at Midwest CareCenter or other venues, and we often need volunteers to assist with setup, registration, staffing and other tasks.
Health Fairs/Expos. Volunteers accompany and assist professional staff at community events to spread the word about Midwest CareCenter programs.
Memorial Services. Volunteers help out at our memorial services by welcoming guests or donating baked goods. These events give family members of those who have died in our hospice program the opportunity to celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
Caring Kids in Action. Young volunteers enjoy such activities as working on creative projects or socializing with residents of senior care facilities. They also brighten the holidays for hospice patients or older adults with homemade gifts. Adult volunteers are needed to coordinate events and supervise social and creative activities. Caring Kids in Action is supported in part by the John S. & Norma W. Darling Foundation.
Community Outreach and Speakers. Presentation skills workshops help volunteers hone the skills necessary to become an effective Midwest CareCenter representative and speaker for community presentations.
Boards & Committees
Individuals from the community provide corporate leadership and are involved in committees and boards that raise awareness and funds for Midwest CareCenter.