The junior volunteer program is also open to middle and high school students ages 13 and up. As a junior volunteer, your volunteer work can be the basis for a valuable reference when you apply for a job, college or a scholarship. You will learn about a variety of healthcare careers, strengthen your social skills, and develop compassion for people of all ages. Best of all—you’ll form lasting friendships with your fellow volunteers, as well as the residents and staff at Masonicare Health Center.
You Can Help Make a Difference
It's the little things you do that can make the biggest impact on the lives of others. As a Masonicare Health Center volunteer, you will quickly discover how a caring manner and a helping hand can make a difference in the life of an older adult. Let your warm spirit help enhance the quality of life for our residents—and the life you change may be your own!
Who can volunteer?
The volunteer program at Masonicare is open to anyone in the community, including students, professionals, homemakers and retirees. You don’t need special skills or an educational background—just the willingness to commit a little time on a regular basis (as little as 50 hours per year), which can be arranged to fit your schedule. Our orientation program and training is designed to make you feel confident and prepared, to make the most of your volunteer experience.
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
- Visiting residents who don’t often have company
- Assisting with pet visits
- Clerical support
- Assisting with creative art projects and programs
- Accompanying residents to spiritual services in-house
- Helping in our Gift Shop, Convenience Store, or Library
- Musical entertainment
- Transporting residents by wheelchair to in-house activities and appointments
- Helping at special events and programs
Veteran Volunteers for Hospice
Masonicare’s Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer program pairs Veteran patients with a volunteer who shares their common language and experience.
Veteran volunteers have a unique ability to create rapport with and support Veterans who are terminally ill. Veteran volunteers do not perform any hands-on care, but may assist with:
Providing companionship to Veteran patients through:
- Conversation and listening Facilitating life review Playing card/board games Helping with letter writing
- Providing respite for caregivers
- Participating in Veteran pinning ceremonies
- Assisting in replacing lost medals
For hospice volunteering, Masonicare provides a thorough training for all. Veteran volunteers receive additional training focused on specific Veteran needs including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) issues and Veteran support programs and services.
We Honor Veterans
We Honor Veterans is a collaborative project between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the VA. The program is focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement. By recognizing their unique needs, community providers in partnership with VA staff will learn how to accompany and guide America’s Veterans and their families through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. Masonicare is proud to be a part of this important project.
For more information or to locate a convenient training class, please call the Masonicare Volunteer Coordinator closest to you:
Greater Hartford region