BHZC Member Glenda Guinn-Gilles has volunteered for nearly 10 years at the Wockner Hospice Center associated with EvergreenHealth. “It continues to teach me so much about being present and how to open my heart and dwell in the silence,” she says. “I would be happy to answer any questions from a volunteer perspective. I have volunteered in the field providing respite for family caregivers, I currently sub at the reception desk at the hospice center, I make weekly Tuck In calls to say hello to my list of patients and loved ones and to see if they need anything prior to the weekend. I also sing in the Evergreen Threshold Singers which rehearses and sings weekly at the hospice center. There are even more ways to volunteer with intense patient contact to positions with no patient contact.”
From the EvergreenHealth website: Volunteers are integral members of the hospice care team and help support patients and their families. Our specially trained volunteers assist staff and welcome guests at the hospice care center in Kirkland and visit patients who live at home or in facilities in communities throughout King and Snohomish Counties.
What would you do as a hospice volunteer? Hold a hand, watch television, listen to music or sing old songs, cook a meal, do some light housekeeping, listen to someone’s life story, run errands, go for a walk or wheelchair stroll, give an exhausted caregiver a short break. It’s the simple act of just showing up that can make a difference.
Volunteers are trained and supported by the volunteer coordinators and the hospice team.
Trainings are available this year on : May 29 and June 6, August 7 and 21, and October 16 and 23. Times are arrangable.
Location: Gene & Irene Wockner Hospice Center
12822 124th Lane NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
The frequency of volunteering activity can be arranged.
More information is available at https://www.evergreenhealth.com/volunteer-info?fbclid=IwAR05NALGAw3wAN-UtBzbOKTYa6Rf6SuBuVTLGrRwql-gQacPBQX5qHhw9FQ
or contact Glenda by email at email@example.com, or by text at (206) 372-0554