Expectations & Privileges
Saint John’s Hospice welcomes you to our dedicated and caring volunteer staff. Volunteers are an essential part of Saint John’s Hospice and our mission to provide life-sustaining services to homeless men of Philadelphia. To help make your volunteer experience a successful and rewarding one, we have outlined some of our expectations of volunteers as well as what volunteers can expect from Saint John’s Hospice.
EXPECTATIONS OF ST. JOHN’S HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS:
- Regularly and openly communicate with your supervisor about your experiences, concerns, and questions.
- Please refrain from taking pictures or filming residents or day services guests. Only pictures of you and/or your volunteer group is permitted.
- Attend training sessions as recommended by your supervisor.
- Notify your supervisor of absences in advance.
- Fulfill the time commitment of the volunteer position.
- Respect the privacy and confidentiality of residents and day services guests.
- Avoid giving residents and day services guests advice about personal or family problems. Residents can be directed to their caseworkers to discuss these matters.
- Maintain professional boundaries while working as a volunteer. Treat all residents and day services guests with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Talk to your supervisor or the volunteer coordinator about ways to improve the volunteer program. Your constructive criticism is desired and appreciated.
PRIVILEGES OF SAINT JOHN’S HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS:
- To be appropriately assigned to a meaningful position.
- To receive orientation, training and on-going supervision.
- To be given the opportunity to be evaluated and to evaluate your volunteer position.
- To be treated as a member of the Saint John’s Hospice staff.
- To receive recognition as a Saint John’s Hospice volunteer.