BridgingLife (formerly Carroll Hospice) Volunteers are an important part of the care provided to patients and their families. They provide companionship and respite services, pet visits and professional services, and administrative help throughout the organization. Our compassionate volunteers donate their time and talents to care for people within their community.
Our Companion Volunteers visit our patients in their personal homes or facilities like assisted living and skilled nursing facilities and our in-patient units (Dove House, Northwest Hospice Unit, and Sinai Hospice Unit). Duties may include conducting life review, reading or assisting with activities, support to a family member, light household needs, running errands or just providing a comforting presence. All opportunities are voluntary and not arbitrarily assigned.
These are volunteers who are scheduled consecutively when a patient is very near end-of-life so they do not die alone if that is their wish. As these are assigned quickly as needed, we ask that volunteers commit to providing 2-4 hours to ensure appropriate scheduling.
Volunteers who are veterans are utilized in our We Honor Veterans program. These volunteers visit patients who are veterans to honor and recognize their service to our country. There are many wonderful stories that come out of this program!
Our patients truly enjoy snuggles and fluffy pets from our volunteers visiting with pets. Two of our local programs, K-Pets and Pets on Wheels, provide training programs. Before visiting our patients, our Direct Care Volunteer Training program is required.
Everyone feels good after a fresh haircut and style! This service is offered to our patients who are unable to travel to a hairstylist, so we volunteer to bring one to them! Volunteers must provide copy of licensure
A fresh manicure and stylish color on a patient's fingernails can really brighten their day! When our patients are unable to travel, we volunteer to bring the manicurist to them. Volunteers must provide copy of licensure
We strive to bring peace and positive energy to our patients who would benefit from Reiki. Volunteer must provide certification
Part of hospice is ensuring that our patients are comfortable and relieved of pain. Sometimes the best way to relieve certain pain and discomfort is a relaxing, gentle massage. Volunteers must provide copy of licensure
Work performed within this group relates to a wide range of assignments in the provision of staff support to the internal operations and projects of the organization.
There are many opportunities to get involved that enhance the lives of those we care for and their families that are not part of our regular programming. If you have special skills such as quilting, crafting, card making, or have a passion for veterans, we can use your help. Small items, personalized gifts and cards can make a huge difference in providing comfort.
Being a not-for-profit hospice, we rely on fundraising to be able to provide much needed services to our patients. Our main fundraiser is A Taste of Carroll that is typically held the last Monday of April. It is a large event that invites local vendors to provide samples of their specialties for our guests. To keep the event running smoothly, we require many volunteers to help!
Throughout the year, we participate in other local community events in a fundraising capacity.