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Today nearly 4,000 VNA volunteers touch the lives of the homebound through our programs. VNA offers dozens of volunteer opportunities from administrative and direct hospice patient care to delivering meals to homebound, hungry seniors. VNA offers volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, organizations, and companies. We invite you to discover which program is right for you.
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Volunteering for VNA Meals on Wheels
Deliver Meals: Volunteers not only serve as the eyes and ears for VNA Meals on Wheels, they also help improve our delivery efficiency. It costs $1,500 to feed a senior for an entire year. For every route a volunteer delivers in lieu of a paid driver, VNA can save enough money to feed a new senior for an entire week! VNA Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers deliver once a week, once a month, or through their employer's Day of Caring Program. The volunteer delivers in their own vehicle of any size and VNA Meals on Wheels creates geographically compact, efficient routes that provide an easy and rewarding way to serve our homebound seniors.
Days of Caring: In as little as three hours one morning, your group can engage in a team-building opportunity while they deliver meals to homebound, hungry seniors. Whether you have a group of three or thousands, you are sure to have a great experience while you help fight senior hunger. You tell VNA what morning works for you (Monday through Friday), and we will set aside the number of meal delivery routes you need anywhere in Dallas County. You can choose just one day or schedule your employees over several days or weeks. A brief training is held at 10 a.m. at the VNA Haggerty Center in central Dallas. And, if you have more than 80 participants on your volunteer team (broken into teams of two), we will come to you! To get started, please contact Kim Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday gift/toiletry drive:The VNA Holiday Gift Project provides holiday gift bags stuffed with full-size toiletry items (shampoo, lotion, soap, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, tube socks) to thousands of VNA Meals on Wheels clients & VNA Hospice patients. A few times a year (once in summer and twice in December), VNA hosts on-site wrapping and sorting events where volunteers individually wrap each item and assemble them in decorated gift bags. For many of those VNA serves, this is the only gift they will receive during the holiday season.
Pet Care Program: VNA is proud to share the news about the recent launch of our Pet Food program. Donations will be accepted year round, and will be delivered to clients on selected Saturdays year-round. VNA relies upon members of the community for monetary donations, gift cards and food donations.
Collection Drives: For the elderly on a limited income, extremes of temperature can be very dangerous. VNA organizes box fan drives for summer distribution and small/portable space heaters and/or quilts/blankets for winter distribution.
Special Projects: Are you interested in helping VNA Meals on Wheels serve the elderly and disabled population but can’t deliver? We have occasional projects that can be completed after business hours. Special projects include assembling shelf stable/emergency meals for distribution to our clients during the spring and summer months, writing a happy and inspiring message on “Positive Placemats,” or creating colorful, handmade greeting cards to brighten up VNA’s clients’ holidays throughout the year.
Volunteer with VNA Hospice Care*
Many people who see the impact of VNA Hospice Care want to lend their time and energy as a Volunteer. At VNA, we have a wide variety of opportunities for Volunteers, from working directly with patients to participating in fundraising opportunities.
Direct Patient Care Volunteers provide friendly visits, caregiver relief and assistance with errands.
Bereavement Volunteers provide support after the death of the patient through phone calls, visits, hosting luncheons and facilitating support groups.
Caring Companion Volunteersstay with the patient and family when death is imminent, remain with the family when death has occurred and assist the VNA nurse as he or she makes the death pronouncement.
Administrative Volunteers assist with clerical duties and provide administrative support to VNA.
Sewing Projects for VNA Hospice Care patients include lap blankets and positioning pillows. Volunteers provide materials to make the blankets and pillows. Other sewing projects include the Huggable Memory keepsake, made of fabric from a piece of clothing worn by the patient in the simple shape of a gingerbread person or teddy bear. Volunteers provide all other supplies needed to complete the keepsake, such as thread and batting.
Seniors Helping Seniors are high school seniors who lend their time and energy to help nursing home and assisted living residents.
Light Up a Life Volunteers help individuals during the holiday season as they search for meaningful ways to remember loved ones who have died. Volunteers assist with preparing materials for mailing, tracking donations, hand lettering doves and putting up and taking down the holiday tree. Volunteers from VNA’s Denton County office also staff their area's Holiday Tree located in Golden Triangle Mall.
*VNA encourages family members to wait a minimum of one year following the death of a loved one before volunteering as a Hospice Patient Care Volunteer or Bereavement Support Volunteer.
Upcoming Hospice Volunteer Training:
Coming Soon.. Please contact Linda Giddens: 214-930-2185
Host an event for VNA
Individuals, businesses, and groups are able to serve as community advocates for VNA. By hosting an educational or fund-raising event, VNA’s mission is shared with attendees AND organizers can have fun while multiplying their impact. Learn more …