Looking for volunteer opportunities in the Tri-Cities community of Geneva, St. Charles or Batavia, or even the greater Fox Valley area? Volunteers have always been an integral part of Fox Valley Hands of Hope. Each volunteer is valued and respected for the gifts they contribute to help make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, or if you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, please contact Adriana Torres, Manager of Volunteer Services at Fox Valley Hands of Hope (phone: 630.232.2233, extension 227; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), or complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it to Fox Valley Hands of Hope, 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva, IL 60134; fax: 630.232-0023.
Available volunteer opportunities include:
Our ambassadors educate local churches, clubs and companies about our organization through speaking engagements. Ambassadors also represent Fox Valley Hands of Hope at a number of local United Way, community and special events.
Our bakers bake bread for bereaved individuals and/or cookies for supportive care patients.
- Bereavement One-on-One
Our volunteers are trained to provide individual emotional support to grieving adults in the community.
- Children’s Group Facilitators
Our facilitators are trained to lead support groups for children who have suffered a loss of life or who are experiencing anticipatory grief.
- Clerical Support
Our clerical support volunteers spend time at the Fox Valley Hands of Hope facilities in Geneva, completing a range of duties including answering phones, data entry, typing, photocopying and assembling packets. Special projects are also available at times.
- Community Outreach
Our bilingual volunteers are taught to reach out to the community through correspondence and presentations to area clubs, churches and organizations.
Our volunteers help maintain the Fox Valley Hands of Hope facilities in Geneva by weeding, pruning and watering, as well as quarterly landscaping.
- Hands of Hope Clinic Volunteer
Training is provided to prepare volunteers to provide a healing presence and hospitality to patients and their family members who are either waiting for or undergoing treatments at two community cancer care centers.
Bilingual individuals are trained to provide interpretation during training and support groups.
- Gift Delivery
Our volunteers deliver gifts or food items at special times of the year.
- Patient and Family Care Volunteers
Our patient and family care volunteers often serve as catalysts for the patient and families, listening and then encouraging the family to finish unfinished business, to heal old wounds in relationships and to prepare the family for life without the dying person. Volunteers often provide respite care to allow the primary caregiver to rest or take a social break. A required 18-hour training course is provided.
- Professional Services
Professional individuals such as hairstylists, manicurists, massage therapists, chaplains and music/art therapists assist patients in their homes. To participate, professionals must be credentialed and must provide their services at no charge. Training may be required.
Volunteers who can sew are asked to make “Hug Pillows” and teddy bears for the children of the supportive care patients/residents and for Herbie’s Friends participants. Other various sewing projects may arise as well.
- Special Events and Fundraising
Volunteers are needed to assist with Fox Valley Hands of Hope’s annual Garden Party luncheon. Committee members are involved in obtaining prizes and centerpiece decorations, selling raffle tickets and much more.
- Supportive Care Volunteer
Our volunteers provide support to the Supportive Care residents and their families through companionship in a caring, encouraging and respectful way. Fox Valley Hands of Hope volunteers will be assigned to help with resident activities or to provide one-on-one companionship
- Support Group Aides and Facilitators
Fox Valley Hands of Hope aides and facilitators help with or lead discussions within our various support groups. They also help nurture those involved and are available as a resource person. Bereavement training is provided and required.
Bilingual volunteers are needed to translate written material from English to Spanish.