At Craven County Hospice, volunteers are a vital part of the Interdisciplinary team. Volunteers may visit with patients providing moral, emotional support and companionship, sharing interests and hobbies and quiet moments. Volunteers may simply listen to the patient or family’s story, they might be asked to prepare a light meal, run errands, provide transportation, and usually, they become a friend. Volunteers can provide much needed respite for caregivers. Volunteers often provide continuing support to families after a loss. Each volunteer helps to meet the unique needs of a Hospice family according to each individual volunteer’s personal skills, interests and available time. Some Volunteers help in the office, assist with special events, write notes, phone patients for a weekly “tuck in” call (contact the family prior to the weekend to insure they have what they need to make it through the weekend) or assist with “special projects” as needed. To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge, we offer a comprehensive educational volunteer training program. The training is held at the Craven County Health Department over a period of two days. Through the training, volunteers learn about Hospice as a concept of caring and develop skills which enable them to be a vital member of the Hospice team. You can make a difference in the life of someone facing life’s most challenging journey.