Volunteering at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care is a gift from the heart
St. Francis Reflections Hospice has a rich history of volunteer involvement. In fact, volunteers started our hospice organization in 1977. Led by our founder, Emily Sasko, a nurse and Titusville resident, volunteers ran our organization for nearly 20 years. Today, volunteers remain at the heart of St. Francis Reflections Hospice. Our volunteers support our mission of “Uplifting Lives, Uplifting Each Other and Uplifting Our Community” in a multitude of ways. We invite you to read more about volunteering with our hospice and to contact us to learn how you can become involved.
As a hospice volunteer you will play an integral role in the care team for patients nearing the end of life. In order to be a hospice volunteer you do not need any prior experience, just a compassionate heart. Our team of volunteer coordinators will support you every step of the way. We pride ourselves in providing a robust training experience that will help you feel confident and empowered as you embark on your journey as a hospice volunteer. We value your time and therefore offer a variety of volunteer opportunities coupled with a flexible schedule so that you can get the most out of your volunteer experience.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with St. Francis. Please click on the online application button located below to fill out an application today. One of our helpful Volunteer Coordinators will reach out to you within 1-2 business days. 24-28 business hours. We are also available to answer any questions you may have at 321-269-4240, just ask to speak with someone in the Volunteer Services Department! Or you may email: VolunteerServices@ReflectionsLSC.org. We look forward to working with you!
Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions regarding volunteering with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care.
People from all walks of life volunteer with us! Our volunteers are a treasured and important part of our program, giving the gift of their time to improve the quality of life for our patients, their families, and our staff. Our volunteers are a diverse array of caring individuals including working professionals, retirees, stay-at-home parents, students, and people that are exploring new careers and building new skill sets.
- Working people, in the evening or on weekends.
- Retired people who want to stay active and continue to utilize skills and abilities.
- Stay-at-home parents who would like a change of pace.
- Students fulfilling community volunteering or Bright Futures requirements.
- Those considering a career change, building their resume, and those eager to gain new job skills.
In other words, people from all walks of life who are caring people willing to give the gift of their time and energy to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families.
We are eager to work with compassionate and caring individuals that have an interest in giving their time to help others. The minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old, and we welcome students and young adults to explore volunteering with us. Individuals interested in working with patients directly must be at least 18 years old. Our work with vulnerable populations requires a comprehensive vetting and orientation process, and we will walk you through each and every step.
- Minimum age for non-patient volunteer positions is 14 years; 18 years for programs with direct patient contact. Minimum age for volunteers is 14 years old.
- All volunteers must pass a Level II criminal background screening.
- Volunteers must complete the orientation training and screening process required for the specific volunteer role in which they are interested.
- All volunteers who work in a direct patient care role will receive a two-step TB screening test.
- Anyone interested in volunteering for hospice is asked to wait one year following a personal loss.
Each volunteer is asked to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month. Most volunteers find that spending two to four hours per week volunteering with us is a very fulfilling balance. Volunteers usually work out a regular schedule of availability, but some prefer to be available to fill in as needed.
St. Francis cares for patients throughout the entire stretch of Brevard County. Locations vary depending on the type of assignment that each volunteer prefers. From visiting patients, helping out in our administrative office, or representing St. Francis at community outings and events, there is something for everyone! Our volunteers visit patients in nursing facilities, private homes, and our Care Center in Titusville. As a patient care volunteer, we will work with you to find a role within the area you feel most comfortable traveling to. Office volunteers help us at our administration buildings located in Titusville and Melbourne.
Yes – we know that many individuals in our community often split their time elsewhere or travel often. We will work with you to find a role that can accommodate your time away.
Our volunteers are not permitted to provide hands-on or medical care to patients. They are engaged in supportive roles that are extremely meaningful to our patients, families, and staff. Many of our patient support volunteers enjoy reading, singing, or crafting with our patients and their families. If visiting with patients, volunteering might include sitting with the patient or engaging in activities with them such as reading or listening to music.
Volunteering offers so many wonderful rewards, including:
- Serving the local community in a meaningful way.
- Receiving joy and fulfillment by helping others at a very crucial time in their lives.
- Interacting with other volunteers and professionals.
- Enjoying an uplifting change of pace from your job.
- Learning about aging and end-of-life issues.
- Gaining community service experience.
- Increasing knowledge of community resources.
- Sharing talents through crafting, sewing and quilting projects.
- Spreading the joy of wags and kisses by providing Pet Therapy visits
The first step in becoming a volunteer is completing our volunteer application. Once we receive and review the application, a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss the next steps. If you have any questions, please call us at 321-269-4240 and ask for someone in Volunteer Services or you can e-mail us at Volunteer Services@ReflectionsLSC.org.