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Crafts & Conversation Volunteers

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify craft/diversionary needs of patients and families and coordinate appropriate projects and activities to fulfill needs.
  • Assist Volunteer Services staff in the planning and implantation of craft projects to be held twice monthly.  
  • Participation in at least one craft project a month is requested.
  • Regular communication and coordination of craft projects with the Volunteer Services supervisor in regards to scheduling and supplies.  
  • Screen all participants according to infection control guidelines and respiratory virus management plan.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Volunteer must be at least 18 years of age.
  •  Actively involved as a volunteer supporting patients and families.
  •  Background or knowledge of various crafts and crafting techniques is preferred.
  • Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, spiritual beliefs and values.  Ability to interact with a variety of people.
  • Upholds confidentiality in regards to communication with patients and families.
  • Good interpersonal communication and group facilitation skills.

ORIENTATION

Completion of new volunteer orientation is required for all new Crafts and Conversation Volunteers.  Role specific training is also required prior to the volunteer is able to assist with the Crafts and Conversation program.

Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the forms for a criminal background check. Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required for all volunteers who have contact with patients. In addition, volunteers between the ages of 19 and 64 are recommended to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because their immune systems are suppressed from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Because of this, volunteers must abide by universal precaution and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients.  

TIME COMMITMENT

  • Crafts and Conversation volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least six months.
  • Participation in at least one craft project a month is requested.
  • Volunteers will have the option to lead one of the projects if desired.

BENEFITS

  • Personal satisfaction and growth from providing diversionary activities, as well as, emotional and practical support to patients and families.
  • An opportunity to develop new friendships, and understand lifestyles and values that may be different from you own.
  • Increased perspective on the scope of programs and services offered by the SCCA.