Volunteer artists and musicians sought by Echo Hospice of Orange County

D.J. Eaton

The hospice is looking for music therapy volunteers.Photo byLuwadlin BosmanonUnsplash

Echo Hospice of Orange County is looking for volunteers to provide its patients with end-of-life comfort and companionship. There is a particular need for artists and musicians. Echo Hospice does not house patients in a facility. Patients are served in their private homes or other places of residence, such as an assisted living facility.

Volunteers must have a driver's license and auto insurance. They must also undergo a background check and drug testing. An orientation is given. Volunteers do not give patients medical assistance or hygiene care.

Volunteers must commit themselves to working at least 25 hours in their first three months of service. Those interested in volunteering should contact Sheena Innocente at sinnocente@echohospice.com.

The hospice has announced the need for artists. "The role of the art therapy volunteer is a special one where he/she will visit a patient's home to get to know them and will create a special work of art in-person for the patient and/or their family," it said.

Musicians are also needed. "For Hospice patients, music therapy provides much-needed physical and emotional relief. As a Music Therapy Volunteer, you'll be making a lasting and positive difference in someone's life," the hospice said. Volunteers must provide their own instrument.

Echo Hospice is also looking for volunteer animal therapists with certified therapy pets. Active and retired members of the military are needed for the hospice's We Honor Veterans program. There is a need for other volunteers, including bilingual individuals, who can provide patients with companionship.

Volunteers can also help by doing office work or knitting garments.

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