Opportunities to help fundraiser and volunteer are available. The annual Hike For Hospice takes place May 1 and 2. Unlike other years when people met and hiked together, this year you are on your own.
All the proceeds support Hospice Orillia and Mariposa House Hospice. They work together to provide services through all stages of hospice palliative care, from diagnosis to through end-of-life and including bereavement support for surviving loved ones.
There are many options for supporting this event including: registering as a hiker, donating to another participant, becoming an event sponsor, or promoting the event to your friends, family members, and co-workers. People can register to participate online.
Additionally, Hospice Orillia is recruiting volunteers to help people through the end of life journey. The team helps guide people through the process of dealing with loss by having open conversations about life and death and assisting people through their grief, bereavement and mourning.
Volunteers do not need prior education or experience to be an effective – you just need empathy, kindness and compassion. Hospice Orillia will provide you with education on hospice palliative care to help guide you through your volunteer role.
You have the ability to affect your local community by being a volunteer an hour or two each week at Hospice Orillia. Positions available are:
Visiting Volunteers. These volunteers visit community members who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. In this position, you will get the opportunity to support these people at a critical time in their lives.
Complementary Therapy Volunteers. These volunteers provide massage therapy and Reiki to individuals living with life-limiting illness and for their caregivers. In this position, you will have the opportunity to provide people with comforting care that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety.
Footprints Project Volunteers. These volunteers assist individuals with life-limiting illness to complete legacy projects that help the person to reflect on special memories and moments in their lives, and can act as gifts to loved ones. In this position, you will assist individuals in letter writing, card making, scrapbooking, and/or creating a beautiful book with their life story.
Bereavement Support. These volunteers provide support to anyone who is experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. Through groups and one on one peer support, individuals are provided a safe space and time each week to work and grow through their grief journey.
Event Committees and Fundraising Volunteers. These volunteers play a critical role in organizing events and actively participating in growing Hospice Orillia’s community.
For more information about volunteer programs and how to get involved call Megan Lowrie at 705-325-0505 ext. 108. Volunteer applications are available online.
(Photos Supplied) Main: Abby T. and Hailey M. on the Hike for Hospice 2020