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 volunteer, you will quickly discover how a caring manner and a helping hand can make a difference in someone's life. Let your warm spirit help enhance the quality of life for our residents and patients—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 educational background—just the willingness to commit a little time on a regular basis, which can be arranged to fit your schedule. Our orientation program and training are designed to make you feel confident and prepared, to make the most of your volunteer experience.
Learn about the different types of volunteer opportunities below.
Volunteer at Masonicare Health Center
Volunteer Opportunities at Masonicare Health Center 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
The junior volunteer program at Masonicare Health Center is also open to middle and high school students ages 15* 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.
*Typically, we invite students ages 15 -17 to participate in the Junior Volunteer program. However, due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, we are only able to invite students ages 16 -17 at this time.
Hospice Volunteers often describe the impact of their experience as life-changing. The personal connections you’ll form will give you a sense of fulfillment and appreciation for life in all it’s stages.
As a Masonicare Hospice Volunteer, you’ll visit patients in your local area, setting your level of commitment based on your available time. Hospice care can be provided in a patient’s or family member’s residence, nursing home, or assisted living facility. No experience is needed – just bring your own unique talents, skills, and caring nature. We’ll provide you with a thorough Volunteer orientation, and you’ll also receive on-going training and support through continuing education and regular communication with your Volunteer Coordinator.
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 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.
Interested in Volunteering?
To become a volunteer at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, please call 203-679-6253 for more information.
To become a Masonicare Hospice Volunteer, please complete the adjacent form or call one of the regional numbers listed above.