Volunteering

Volunteers are the heart of Circle of Friends for the Dying. A few hours per week or per month, whatever you can give, will all help. You do not need to have healthcare experience to volunteer. Immediate opportunities are available in many areas including: grant research and application development, fundraising, event planning, public relations and marketing, public education, community outreach and “friend raising,” and most importantly, procurement – finding a house or land for the Home.

When the Home is established opportunities will include: caregiving, cleaning, lawn and garden, maintenance, event planning, providing meals, graphic art, music, and more!  Circle of Friends for the Dying will depend upon trained volunteers to conduct the day-to-day operations. Volunteering at CFD can be a heart warming experience. Volunteers will work in a friendly atmosphere where they can participate in giving back to the community through a variety of opportunities, and will make a difference every day in the lives of our residents and their families.

If you are interested in volunteering, either now or when the Home is established, please contact us by emailing us at: volunteer@cfdhv.org or you can leave a message at 845-802-0970 and someone will be in touch with you.

Volunteer Role Descriptions

The descriptions below are to give you an overview of general responsibilities for current committees needing your help. Your skills and abilities are most welcome.

Grant Writing

Research available community grants for the establishment of the Home. Write grant applications and pursue philanthropists and foundations for grant opportunities.

Fundraising

Help raise money through various campaigns and events, which may include: serving on an event committee, solicitation of gifts-in-kind donations for silent auctions, and assisting with our annual appeal. Work with Treasurer to develop a donor relations program. Develop “friend- raising” events. Create sponsorships and partnerships for donations and fundraising. Work with our on-line fundraising programs. Assist in the procurement of a house or land for the Home.

Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations

Establishing media relations, developing press releases; creating opportunities for radio and television interviews. Design and create brochures, information packets, posters, and fundraising materials for distribution, and help establish branding and outreach campaigns. Write material for blogs, online social media and more.

Community Outreach

This includes public education programs such as: Death Café, Speakers Bureau, film series, conferences and special public programs. Opportunities to engage social agencies and establish physician education programs. Also establish relationships with local universities, community colleges, and trade schools.

Computer/IT/Social Media

Support staff and volunteers needed with knowledge of Microsoft programs, Outlook, website maintenance, Facebook and other social media sites. Opportunities to contribute to the blog, database development, email marketing, and the electronic newsletter. There will be a need to develop basic training related to these areas.

Office/Clerical

Assistance with correspondence, mailing, data input, answering phones, filing, as well as clerical support for fundraising efforts are all needed.

Grounds/Maintenance (when Home is established)

Assist with maintenance needs in the Home and yard, which could include: lawn mowing, snow removal, gardening, and possible light equipment maintenance.

Resident Care (when Home is established)

Volunteers will be trained and given continuous support to provide personal care to our residents, which includes: basic hygiene, small meal preparation based on residents’ preferences, daily household tasks, and anything deemed appropriate by the staff on duty.