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Volunteering

Enrich Your Life Beyond Measure

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice is a not-for-profit community-based organization that welcomes volunteers of all ages and talents.

In the 1960's the modern concept of hospice began as a volunteer movement. Although hospices have grown to include paid staff members from many disciplines, volunteers continue to play a heartfelt and integral role in the good work of hospice.

Samaritan offers diverse opportunities for individuals to share their time and talents, whether that’s in patients’ homes, in the office or out in the community. We do, however, maintain a one-year wait period after a significant loss before a person can begin volunteering.

No Experience Needed. We Provide Training.

You do not have to be a healthcare professional to volunteer with Samaritan. We welcome you to use the talents you already have, or if you’d like, broaden your horizons and learn new skills. Our training will help you feel prepared, confident and appreciated in whatever role you choose. We do ask that all volunteers bring the following qualities to their work at Samaritan:

•    good communication and listening skills
•    a nonjudgmental attitude
•    reliability
•    flexibility
•    compassion

Samaritan holds one-hour volunteer orientations on the 1st Tuesday of every month to provide an overview of the hospice philosophy and detailed information about volunteer opportunities at Samaritan. You can choose to attend at 10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. at the Marlton office. Attendance at this program qualifies you to begin your volunteer work in many areas.  Advanced training is available for some volunteer roles.

NOTE: You must be at least 18 years of age to visit patients and families. We encourage all those interested in volunteering for Samaritan to wait at least one year after experiencing a significant loss of a family member or close friend before attending our training sessions.

No Pay, but Great Benefits!

Did you know that when you volunteer to help others, you increase your own odds of living a healthier, longer, more satisfying life?

The Corporation for National and Community Service  published a May 2007 research report finding that just two hours of volunteer service a week:

•    Improved functional ability and health outcomes for those who volunteered regardless of socioeconomic status,
       education, marital status, age, gender and ethnicity
•    Improved physical and mental health in volunteers age 65+ due to personal sense of accomplishment
•    Lowered rates of depression in volunteers age 65+
•    Reduced despair and depression for adult heart attack survivors who volunteered
•    Improved overall health and longevity and reduced depression in volunteers age 70+

Want more information? Call Sally Cezo at 856-552-3235 or email sally.cezo@SamaritanHealthcareNJ.org

Click here to volunteer now.

 

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