Volunteering at All Care: My Point of View – John Piantedosi

The reason I decided to be a hospice volunteer with All Care is I wanted to support the dying patients and their families through the dying process.  I think it is a sacred gift to be perhaps the last friend that my clients will make and I am humbled to be that friend! The moment that I knew hospice volunteering was for me was during the training because much of what I already knew was confirmed.  The scariest part of volunteering for me was the possibility that the person I visit may have a physical or emotional episode that I was not able to deal with effectively.  Now I feel that I will be able to calmly and effectively handle these kinds of episodes if and when they occur.  The most beneficial part of my training was everything.  It was a pastorally sensitive and practically comprehensive training which prepared me to begin my hospice volunteering.  When I completed the training, I felt ready to begin. On my way to my first visit, I wondered what condition my client would be in and if we would connect.  On my way home, I thought that my client, her caregiver and I would be a good fit.  The moment I knew I was making a difference was when my first client smiled at me.  The aspect of my volunteer experience I value most is the simplicity of being faithfully present to my client.  When I meet a new patient I feel excited to begin a new adventure with him/her and his/her caretaker(s). My favorite part of being a member of the All...

Volunteering at All Care: My Point of View – Irene Kamarinos

Even though I had passed by the All Care office many times, it was not until I decided I wanted to pursue a career in Hospital Administration that I thought of volunteering here. When I started volunteering in the All Care Office in February of 2016, I must admit that I was nervous since I had never volunteered before and was not sure about what would be expected of me.  After meeting with Maureen Burge and going through training about the history of hospice and how All Care helps so many people around the region, I was excited to begin my tasks. I was introduced to Sandra, Marion and Susan in Medical Records, three women that I soon would be looking forward to seeing every week. My job is to file medical records, and to occasionally assemble folders. Even though filing paperwork may seem like a concrete task, to me it symbolizes my part in helping patients. I do not directly meet with patients but through my small contribution I believe I make a difference. I also believe that a big part of my love for volunteering at All Care is that I am always told how much I am appreciated. I always thought that I do not do much but now I realize that every bit of help is needed. Another aspect of me being so happy to volunteer is the kindness and warmth I receive by the staff. First of all from Maureen Burge, my volunteer coordinator who I see every week before I head down to the medical record offfice. She is very friendly and asks...

All Care Hospice Spotlight Volunteer – Dan Amirault

What I like about volunteering at All Care? I like knowing that I will make a difference in someone’s life. What’s something we don’t already know about you that you’d like us to know? I’m very good at memorizing lines to plays and movies.  For one role in a play, I memorized my lines in 3 days and I had the second largest role. Can you share something about your experience with volunteering at All Care? It is humbling trying to make simple office tasks seem simple. Hobbies: watching movies, playing golf Favorite place: Bermuda Favorite food: pizza Favorite book: “Wizards First Rule” by Terry Goodkind Click here to learn more about becoming an All Care Hospice Volunteer...