This morning we continue our look at the opportunity to make volunteering in your community your New Year’s Resolution. Chaplin Services Coordinator for Campbell County Memorial Hospital Bob Rudichar provides a look at some of the things his office does.
“We have several areas that we deal with, one is the on call Chaplin and that comprises individuals that are credentialed clergy in the community.”
Rudichar says after the orientation process individuals sign up for one week every quarter, and are on call 24 /7. Another place where volunteers are needed is the Associate Chaplin program for laity.
“And these are for people who are involved in local churches and they have an accountability system. We run them through a specific training program, and once we get them finished and oriented and launched off they will sign up for a week per quarter and come in and do some periodic visitation based on their schedule and their availability.”
You can also consider another program called the Abiders. An Abider sits with people who are dying, they are in their last moments of life so they don’t have to be alone.
“Our staff really tries to do the best they can to be with them but they have other duties and so the Abider kind of helps fill that gap and helps a person who may have outlived their friends and family.”
Early next week we will continue our look at opportunities to volunteer in your community.