Volunteering often benefits both parties


A therapy dog and a volunteer visit a young patient in a hospital.

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There are many opportunities on the Space Coast for individuals to use their talents to help others, either directly or through the many charitable organizations that provide services and assistance to people in the area.

Volunteering benefits not only the organization or individual getting the assistance, but also the volunteer.

“It’s like therapy,” said psychologist Dr. Scott Fairchild of Baytree Behavioral Health in Melbourne. “It can give you a sense
of purpose.”

Retirees or anyone else looking for a chance to make a difference volunteering with organizations can find information in the Boomer Guide about those needing help.

Senior Life plans to publish information on an ongoing basis about organizations looking for volunteers. Each month readers can expect to learn a little about at least one organization seeking volunteers.

One seeking volunteer help is Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice and Palliative Care.

“We have a couple of areas where they can volunteer,” the organization’s volunteer coordinator Angie Jenkins said.

In patient family care, volunteers go out into the community to a family home and provide companionship, emotional and spiritual support. It also allows a caregiver family member some time off to do other things.

“We look for people who have had some experience with hospice or if they have a desire or they have a heart for it,” Jenkins said.

Volunteers also can work clerical duties or in pet therapy. If the volunteer has a pet that can be certified by the organization, they can be sent to visit facilities or homes. 

Those who want to volunteer or have questions about volunteering with Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice and Palliative Care can call volunteer coordinator Angie Jenkins at 321-255-8132, ext. 624738.