It takes a special kind of individual strong, caring, quiet and reliable - to be a good hospice volunteer.
Anne Spikes is all of those things. A retired registered nurse, she has been a volunteer with Community Nursing Service Hospice for six years. Once she's assigned a patient, staff members don't have to worry. She is competent and conscientious and follows through on the commitment.Hospice volunteers deal with death and the issues that surround it, lending caring support to the family and the ill person. The commitment is often months long.
Spikes does a lot of traveling with her husband, who is a professor at the University of Utah. She often sends her patients postcards so they know she is thinking about them.
"I can recall one instance in which this volunteer recruited another volunteer to provide additional friendship for a family," said Carolyn Hunter, director of volunteers at the hospice. "The husband had terminal cancer and Anne was assigned to provide hospice support for him, but the wife who had been his caregiver needed support also. Anne recruited another volunteer to befriend the wife, take her shopping and get her out.
"Anne can be a good volunteer without burning out because she takes care of herself. She exercises her body by doing aerobics and exercises her mind by reading and staying in touch with new developments in the world. A good, caring family provides Anne with warm emotional support. She is just a good example of a healthy person who cares for herself and cares for others."
Moving to a new city means lots of adjustments, including making new friends and breaking out of loneliness and isolation. There is a support group that can help. For more information call the Information and Referral Center, 487-4716.
If you'd like to inquire about, or volunteer for, any of the following requests, call the Voluntary Action Center of the Community Services Council, 212 W. 13th South, 486-2136.
Grandparents are needed to help in group homes with activities, school programs and to work one-on-one with troubled teenage boys. Flexible times.
Provide musical entertainment to rehab unit.
Teach English as a second language to children. Training. Flexible hours.
Hang wallpaper in one room for Youth Services. About four hours.
Visually handicapped senior citizens are needed to help others with daily tasks. Twenty hours a week. Must be over 60. Small stipend provided.
Be an usher at Utah Symphony concerts.
Teach in a drug-rehab problem. One hour a day one to five times a week.
Do basic clerical duties.
Special volunteers are needed for a new bone marrow transplant program. Training provided on death/
Entertain at local care center.
Assist with recreational therapy activities.
Pick up food two to four times a month for local food pantry.
Visit hospitals, correctional facilities, nursing homes during the holidays.
Play the piano from 11:30-12:30 at care center. Flexible days.
Tap resources in the community and generate donations for abused and abandoned children. Once or twice a week.
Take phones calls concerning animals. Once a week in your home.
Tutor school-age children.
Befriend young mothers. 5-10 hours a month.
Bilingual? Work one-on-one with students. Training. Flexible schedule.
Donate sewing machine.
Provide candy for holidays.
Donate ribbons, lace, candles for senior center crafts.
Give an overhead projector.
Provide books, especially educational.
Donate batting and any arts and crafts supplies.
Give a dictionary, thesaurus and complete encyclopedia set to detention center.
Provide good new or used toys.
Donate sewing supplies, magazines and books.
Give small gift items for nursing home residents.
Donate yarn for support group projects.
Give baby items for adolescent parenting program.
Give lights for a tree.
Donate live or silk plants.
Provide quilts or blankets for twin-size beds at detention center.
Donate non-perishable food or small gift items for low-income elderly who have no family.
Provide beds and dressers.
Donate a couch, kitchen table with five chairs.
A vacuum cleaner is desperately needed by an elderly, bedbound woman.
Give books, especially large print.
Donate bookcases, quilting frames and bingo games for senior center.
Provide a record player to low-income couple.