If money is the lifeblood of an organization, then volunteers are the backbone. Volunteering is something anyone can do to help a community no matter their age, educational background, or other demographic characteristic and with more than 800 non-profit organizations in Beaufort County, it’s easy to get involved. It’s also easy to get overwhelmed with asks for monetary donations.
When an organization’s mission pulls at your heartstrings and you don’t have extra money to donate, remember the old saying ‘time is money’. According to Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs, the national value of a volunteer hour is $24.69. That’s more than $1200 a year for one hour per week of volunteering. We can also look at volunteers as invaluable. Helping our neighbors and serving our communities is truly priceless and even though we do not expect anything in return for our time there are positive benefits from volunteering. Volunteering is a way to meet friends, develop skills for future employment, and improves our quality of life. You can volunteer your skills from a current or previous job or use the opportunity to do something completely different from your everyday life.
Friends of Caroline has opportunities for all ages and skill sets. Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation require 5% of a patient’s care to come from volunteers. Our Patient & Family Support volunteers visit patients in their place of residence and provide support through friendship. These visits also provide respite for the patient’s family and caregivers.
Professional Services Volunteers provide support to our main office, departments, and programs. Some assist in our office providing administrative duties while others offer massage therapy, music therapy, and art therapy.
Student Bereavement Volunteers help students cope with the death of a loved one in a group or one-on-one setting at a Beaufort County School during school hours.
Friends of Caroline Hospice Thrift Store Volunteers assist the manager with the profitable operation of our store by sorting and displaying incoming donations, providing customer service, and/or running the cash register. Volunteers to assist with donation pickups are also needed.
If you are looking for an opportunity that is more short term, our Fundraisers/Special Events Volunteers donate their time from co-chairing and planning events to working a shift during one of our annual fundraisers. Bands, Brews & BBQ takes place in February with planning beginning in October. Fashion for Compassion occurs in April with plans starting in December. We celebrate our beloved Festival of Trees with the newly added Gingerbread 5K in December and plans are currently underway.
Most volunteer positions at Friends of Caroline require application and screening requirements that may include personal references, criminal background check, driving record check, and two-step TB test. Training for required positions is provided.
Whether we see you serving BBQ in February or see you weekly in the office or in one of our patient’s home, we thank you for your commitment to our community.