We have a few good men that volunteer at Beth Donovan Hospice. Two of those volunteers are our all-important drivers! One who’s quiet willingness to help wherever possible and who’s devoted volunteer career at BDH is truly admirable.
When I asked this long-time volunteer what keeps you coming back each week, he explained “that it is not much different than wandering over to a neighbor, who is washing his windows, and offering to hold the ladder. An hour or two later, after a few lighthearted jokes and friendly chatter, you go your own way to whatever else is planned for the day. The folks you pick up and drop off will seem just like neighbors within the first 2 minutes of a ride in the hospice van.”
He went on to explain that driving is a great first job with hospice. “Before long you see the wide range of other tasks this volunteer-driven organization offers to families working hard to keep their loved one at home.” There are many different volunteer opportunities at BDH and you will always be supported and trained. As our driver can tell you, “Specialized on-line and in-class training sessions will prepare you for whatever other task you’d like to try.” Although this driver suggests that driving is not the most demanding of volunteer duties, he quotes Mother Teresa “In life we cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” We couldn’t agree more because it is often the small things that matter most.
Our other volunteer driver, who often refers to himself as “just the driver,” is obviously so much more than just a driver! He brightens the day of our clients by taking them out for a leisurely drive or by stopping for ice cream on the way home. He is happy to stop by the post office, to save the client a trip out later and he is always quick to smile and share a laugh.
And even though he might be heard to proclaim that “The ladies love me” and “I’m perfect” we can’t say we disagree. The clients appreciate his mischievous smile and caring nature as evidenced by the many butter tarts and laughs that come his way. His quick wit and willingness to brighten the day of those around him, demonstrate his willingness to make this community a better place to live.
Our volunteer drivers commit to driving our clients to and from our Day Hospice program. They will pass a vulnerable sector check and complete a driver’s abstract. They will also be provided training in infection control protocols and body mechanics practices .