Eleven new volunteers have just completed over 20 hours of intense McLean Hospice Training and will join the growing team of over 50 active volunteers supporting the McLean Hospice Program.
Volunteers ranged from young mothers with children in school to retired corporate executives and nurses who want to contribute purposefully to the community. Several have had family members who were the beneficiaries of the Hospice program. Alison Scherer, of Avon, CT a recent graduate of the program had this to say, “Because I’ve experienced how powerfully hospice care can facilitate and enrich a family’s communication and connection during the dying process, I am honored to support this invaluable program as a new volunteer.” We ask individuals who have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, or who are actively grieving any personal loss, to postpone their participation for at least one year.
All volunteers who support McLean Hospice must successfully complete an initial 20-hour training program. The training is a combination of online self-study and classroom training. Hospice Volunteers are part of the interdisciplinary team of nurse case managers, social workers, aides, and bereavement counselors. They may support patients and families on their end of life journey, or support the team carrying out administrative duties or participating in volunteer projects.
McLean Hospice serves the Farmington Valley and surrounding towns of Bloomfield, Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, West Hartford and Windsor. We are especially interested in volunteers who are willing to travel to these towns in our service area that surround the Farmington Valley.
Photo of new graduates: Bottom Row: Catherine Jahne, Pamela Peck, Vanessa Giannasi, Kathleen Fallon Top Row: Daniel Yost, Erika Hayes, Barbara McQueen, Amy Baildon, Alison Scherer, Harry Meyer Missing from photo: Susan Lawton