VNA Home Health & Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

Office Volunteer

VNA headquarters has a busy office setting. Opportunities for interested volunteers include assisting with mailing, medical record filing, special projects, and copying and collating materials to be used with VNA patients, staff, and the public. Most office volunteers volunteer 2 to 4 hours per week on a regular schedule, although some are "on call" for special projects.

Volunteers must submit an application, interview with the Volunteer Coordinator, complete a background check, health screening, provide documentation of auto insurance, and agree to our agency policies.

Hospice Volunteer

Every day of life is precious. As a hospice volunteer you will experience first hand how the VNA Hospice Team helps our clients live their final months, weeks, and days as fully and comfortably as possible.  You will be part of a team working to provide a family with the best quality of life possible during a difficult time.

Direct Service Hospice Volunteers visit clients in their homes and offer non-medical support. Providing respite for caregivers and companionship for the client are the most frequent requests of our hospice volunteers. Practical help with transportation, errands, dishes, laundry, and walking the dog are a few of the other ways our volunteers have helped.

Direct Service Volunteers must complete a 24-hour hospice volunteer training, offered twice a year at our office in South Portland. Volunteers often say the training is a remarkable personal growth experience as we learn about hospice, work on communication skills, explore our own personal death awareness, discuss family dynamics and spirituality, and learn about comfort measures and about grief support - all elements of our holistic approach to care. We ask for monthly reporting of service provided. Once assigned to a hospice client, we ask for a minimum commitment of two hours per week.

Hospice Office Volunteers help with clerical tasks including mailing, filing, copying, data entry, and maintaining our library.

All volunteers must complete an application, interview, background check, satisfy health requirements, provide proof of automobile insurance, and agree to our agency policies.

Prayer Shawl Volunteers

Our Prayer Shawl volunteers meet from 4:00 to 6:00 on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at VNA to work on our projects together. This group has been meeting since November 2009 and welcomes new members.

The following appears on cards attached to our shawls:

Merciful Creations

May God's Grace be upon this shawl.

Warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.

May this mantle be a safe haven,

A sacred place of security and well being...

Sustaining and embracing

in good times as well as difficult ones.

May the one receiving this shawl

be cradled in hope,

Kept in joy, graced with peace and

wrapped in love.

Please feel free to join us at our Monday meetings. For more information, call the Volunteer Coordinator.

Flu Clinic Volunteers

Every fall, VNA needs help with a very busy Flu Clinic schedule. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. A one-time orientation and training is required and is usually held in September.

Faith Community Nursing Program

The mission of the Faith Community Nursing Program is to assist local faith communities in their efforts to provide spiritual, physical, psychological and social care to their members and neighborhoods by facilitating the establishment and maintenance of the Faith Community Nursing Program in community congregations.

Our program includes nurses as well as social workers and other volunteers from the various congregations who want to support and help other members of their congregation. The Faith Community Nurse’s role focuses on personal health counseling, health education, referrals, wellness, promotion, advocacy and integration of faith and healing. VNA also provides a liaison to help support the congregation and train their volunteers to be able to provide the support needed by their members.

The Faith Community Nursing Program is involved in numerous activities to reach out and empower members within the community. From blood pressure clinics to exercise classes to home visits, the volunteer team lives and works in the community it serves.

Our many services include:

  • Health counseling and screenings
  • Education on health and wellness issues
  • Advocacy on behalf of the patient
  • Liaison for information on accessing available resources in the area
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Walking and exercise groups
  • Health education classes
  • Stress management
  • Diabetes information
  • Home visits

For more information about volunteering please contact . For more information about the Faith Community Nursing Program, please contact .