FRIENDLY – The
volunteer becomes involved in a warm and gentle manner with the
families and activities of this home. A cheerful smile and friendly
“hello” mean so much to the families during this stressful time in
DEPENDABLE – The volunteer
is present and on time as scheduled.
DEDICATED – The volunteer
views this work as a total commitment of responsibility requiring a
definite allotment of time, energy, and intelligence.
FLEXIBLE – The volunteer
is flexible. Written procedures and forms are not more important
than the family and their needs as they cope with crisis.
EMPATHIC – The volunteer
is able to deal with a variety of people and situations in a
sensitive manner without imposing views and judgments.
LISTENER – The volunteer
provides support and encouragement by his or her presence. A good
volunteer is like a good friend – an understanding listener, but not
a problem solver. VOLUNTEERS DO NOT UNDERTAKE COUNSELING OR RELAY
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. NO MEDICAL ADVICE SHOULD BE OFFERED TO THE
FAMILIES BY THE VOLUNTEER. If you think someone needs more than a
friend, please inform the Director.
CONFIDENTIAL – The
volunteer has respect for the confidential aspects of the assignment
and allows the families dignity and privacy. Discretion must be used
in conveying your experiences within this House, and under no
circumstances should families’ names be used outside the House.
OPTIMISTIC – The volunteer
has a positive outlook, yet does not encourage unrealistic thinking.
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