Volunteer Engagment Team

Our Goal: HHA is only has strong as it’s most unengaged volunteer and will only move as quickly as the most unengaged volunteer moves.  This is a well accepted philosophy in every volunteer organization and is the centre of our Volunteer Engagement Team’s goal.  The goal of this team is to grow the engagement of all volunteers to a level that meets our Mission and Vision ultimately ensuring that our dying and those who love them receive the care and compassion we are able to provide.

Team Objectives

Under This Team’s Leadership

  1. Volunteer Recruitment

  2. Newsletter

  3. Leadership Recruitment Chapters and Boards

  4. Onsite Armies (CC & Operations)

  5. Blog

  6. Supporting National Board of Directors

Primary Collaborator 

  1. Chapter Engagement

  2. Speciality Training

  3. Pawcasso’s Studio

  4. RVT Mentors


  1. Capital Campaign

  2. Compassionate Caregiving Online Training

  3. Pilot Projects

  4. Professional Development Training


Volunteer Appreciation efforts at the National and Chapter Level:  These efforts include birthday cards in the mail, birthday email for those we do not have a mailing address for, volunteer appreciation event every April for volunteer appreciation week, volunteer appreciation event one other time in the year, consistently inviting volunteers to receive their certificates at board meetings according to the details in the Volunteer Engagement Organizer Job Description.  This project will require you to have good organizational and time management skills in order to establish and maintain connection with your communities.  It would also be beneficial to have experience or a desire to grow experience in both event planning and social media content design.

Promote the power of video on our website and in our social media:  The goal of this project is the development of ways in which volunteers are able to, through the power of video, talk about their work with HHA and why it is important to them. HHA’s website is content heavy in the written word yet has not fully utilized the way in which video can be far more impactful.  The idea / need to move to more of a video based site is best unraveled by starting with one audience.  The audience we have chosen is our volunteer base (both present and future). This project will require you to work collaboratively to come up with short and easy video projects that our volunteers could do. It would require you to be able to coach our volunteers on how to complete and submit their video. If an idea is to complete a compilation of videos then it would also require editing skills or an ability to work collaboratively with the person doing the editing. ( A project in our Put Your Creativity to Work). Our Volunteer Engagement Team already has some ideas to get you started, with look forward, however to your creative ideas also. 

Build a Study Group Model for Newcomers and Seniors:  Home Hospice Association trains those who wish to provide care with compassion and culturally sensitive human connection with our Compassionate Caregiving Online Training.  While self-directed; independent study is the most efficient way to offer training to the broadest number of people it is not ideal for everyone.  Specifically those for whom English is not their first language and those for whom the computer is not “comfortable” there needs to be another way to provide them the skills they require and a study group model is the answer. Working on this project will involve a review of the original document developed to build the online training program and develop an agenda and time line for a series of in person meetings.  You will build questions for discussions, a position description for the leader of the study group and enhance the online modules as you see fit for this special assignment.  While the document is strong in content, you may find it can be improved in layout and format. If this kind of creativity is appealing to you; you will be invited to do so.  We are also working to recruit people for our projects who have that interest.

Build and Facilitate a Cultural and Sensitivity Willingness Assessment:  “to determine my willingness to embrace anyone who is different than me”, is foundational to HHA living it’s mission of care, when cure is no longer possible, with compassion and culturally sensitive human connection as hallmarks.  While we all strive to live a life without judgement, it is important to recognize areas where we may be challenged.  This project will be ideal for someone whose passion is social justice and wants to their part in building a more empathetic society.  Specifically you will work on an assessment document and process complete with questions, range of acceptable answers and resources we are able to access to improve our outlook in these areas.  When completed this document will be an onboarding requirement for any member of the HHA team.  We remind ourselves it is not a pass or fail situation but rather a chance for us to do a heart check and learn more about how to establish the best possible connection with those who need us most.  

Volunteer Recruitment & Onboarding:  Volunteers are the life blood of Home Hospice Association, our Chapters and our Agency Partners. Do you like working with others? Are you creative and outgoing? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you might find a great and rewarding experience with the HHA Volunteer Engagement Team, helping to work on Volunteer Onboarding projects. These projects focus on welcoming prospective volunteers interesting in working with HHA’s National Centre of Excellence, at their local chapter or with one of our many agency partners. Each project is designed to accomplish one most important goal and that is to make them feel comfortable, welcome and  completely prepared to engage in their chosen role(s). If you love figuring out processes, how things work, and the big picture, this is an area for you.