Service Opportunity: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care - Details for Service Opportunities

Website: https://rainbowhospice.org/

Contact HR Assistant: Daisy Vargas at DVargas@RainbowHospice.org.

Not all volunteer roles are available at all locations. Find out what volunteer openings are at each location by going to the Rainbow Hospice Hirebridge site

Also, please note that patient care volunteer positions involve 3 hours of in person training and a 12-15 hour self study online training. Also required is a physical, drug screen, TB testing. Patient care volunteers are part of the interdisciplinary team and their visits are part of the care plan for the patient, so reliable attendance is important.

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Service role: Patient care and family support volunteer
Light housekeeping, errands, personal support in home, LTC facility or inpatient unit.
Frequency/Time Commitment: 3-4 hour shift 1x a week – arrange time with caregiver to work with your schedule
Special skills needed: Communication skills
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program
Location of work: Work near your home within a six county Chicagoland area. Some areas include: Aurora, Elgin, Evanston, Joliet, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, or St. Charles

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Service role: Comfort care volunteer
Providing spiritual and emotional support.
Frequency/Time Commitment: 3-4 hour shift – called as needed when patient is actively dying and needs support immediately. You would sign up for 3 or more days (or nights) to be on call.
Special skills needed: Supportive
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program
Location of work: Work near your home within a six county Chicagoland area. Some areas include: Aurora, Elgin, Evanston, Joliet, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, or St. Charles

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Service role: Threshold singers (All-female choir)
2-3 singers will visit hospice patients and sing at bedside.
Frequency/Time Commitment: Varies, need to attend regular choir practice, too. Practice is once a month on a Thursday night.
Special skills needed: Singing.
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program plus choir training.
Location of work: Mostly around the Northern Chicago area and nearby suburbs: Aurora, Elgin, Evanston, Joliet, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, or St. Charles

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Service role: Pet therapy volunteer
Bring your dog to visit with patients.
Frequency/Time Commitment: 3-4 hours a week, flexible – daytime hours
Special skills needed: Dog needs to be certified as a pet therapy dog.
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program
Location of work: Work near your home within a six county Chicagoland area. Some areas include: Aurora, Elgin, Evanston, Joliet, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, or St. Charles

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Volunteer role: Massage Therapy volunteer Visit hospice patients and families to provide comforting touch.
Frequency/Time Commitment: 3-4 hours a week, flexible – daytime hours
Special skills needed: Must be licensed massage therapist.
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care patient care training program
Location of work: Work near your home within a six county Chicagoland area. Some areas include: Aurora, Elgin, Evanston, Joliet, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, or St. Charles

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Service role: Office volunteer
NO POSITIONS OPEN AT THIS TIME
Most positions are data entry positions.
Frequency/Time Commitment: 4 hour shifts one or two days a week M-F 8:00am – 4:30 PM. Frequency is flexible.
Special skills needed: If doing video editing must know pro equipment.
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program
Location of work: Mt. Prospect only

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Service role: Bereavement Outreach Volunteer
NO POSITIONS OPEN AT THIS TIME
Provide support over the phone to those who recently lost loved one.
Frequency/Time Commitment: During day, according to patient needs. Must attend 90 minute meeting monthly.
Special skills needed: Good communication skills, successful adjustment to personal loss, no personal loss within last 18 months.
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program
Location of work: Aurora, Elgin, Evanston, Joliet, Mt. Prospect, Naperville, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, or St. Charles

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Service role: Widowed person service volunteer
Volunteers themselves have experienced a spousal loss and provide support to newly widowed person.
Frequency/Time Commitment: Weekdays, weekends, or weeknights. Must attend 90 minute meeting once per month.
Special skills needed: Good communication skills, successful adjustment to personal loss, no personal loss within last 18 months.
Training needed: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care training program
Location of work: Work from home. Monthly meeting held in Mt. Prospect.

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Service role: Good Mourning volunteer
NO POSITIONS OPEN AT THIS TIME
Provide support to children, teens, adults, etc. at monthly meeting. Can also help with special events, such as September family camp or Holiday Gathering.
Frequency/Time Commitment: Third Monday of the month, 6:15-9:00 PM. Optional family camp or holiday gathering.
Special skills needed: Ongoing training provided.
Training needed: Portions of patient care training, extra training for events.
Location of work: Meetings held in North side of Chicago

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