The heart of Hospice Kona care is the community of special volunteering individuals (Stars of Service) that choose to give gifts from the finest part of themselves. We are grateful to volunteers as dedicated people freely contributing time and energy. We appreciate them for their willingness to serve and welcome them to the Hospice of Kona Team. Volunteers’ unique talents and skills are acknowledged and nurtured as Hospice of Kona strives to meet the needs of our community.
Opportunities:We believe that the gifts the volunteer receives from participation with Hospice of Kona will be equal to, or perhaps even exceed, the gifts the volunteer gives. See below for volunteer training classes.
Volunteer Job Description: Hospice of Kona volunteers need to be comfortable with their own attitudes about death, knowing that it is a natural part of life. They need to understand that involvement with Hospice of Kona is rewarding, through sometimes painful, requiring maturity and objectivity blended with compassion and understanding. They need to display character attributes of sensitivity, empathy and personal warmth.
The Volunteer Staff will be under the direct supervision of the Volunteer Services Coordinator. Hospice of Kona will also provide orientation and training that is consistent with the accepted standards of practice.
Volunteers May Be Of Service By:Providing family members rest by being scheduled to sit with patients so that caregivers may have a much needed break, reading to patients, providing conversation, or standing by if they are needed, or preparing a small meal, offering water or holding a hand. Other examples include massage, reiki, hair styling, playing soothing music on your ukulele or harp, running errands, providing transportation when appropriate, translating Japanese or Spanish among others, professional services such as a Notary and handy man or woman services.
In the home with the patient and family, volunteers support professional team members in accomplishing the many-faceted care of the patient and family.
Bereavement support under the direction of the Bereavement Services Coordinator, through calls, office work, and group support.
Office support and services that are necessary to the day-to-day operation may be provided by volunteer staff.
Fundraising* is a vital volunteer role offering help in such ways as setting up, decorating, collecting silent auction items, soliciting sponsorships, being a chef or driving a truck for an event.
Public Relations is another vital role participating as a community advocate or speaker, providing educational opportunities, and being in parades.
Volunteer training classes are offered on a quarterly schedule. Please contact us for details. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, fill out our volunteer application and we will contact you with further details. Application: Application Link Here
Make A Gift
There are many ways to contribute and all are greatly appreciated! We graciously accept cash contributions, memorials, appreciated securities, real estate, bequests, your time and other.
Online Donation:Easily donate to the Hospice of Kona Foundation through ourOnline Giving Portal,where you have the ability to provide more information about your donation.
Grateful Family Donation: For family members who want to show appreciation for hospice staff member or members of their loved ones who went above and beyond to ensure that every need was tended to, you can make a donation in their honor. The honoree will receive a note of appreciation, which you will have the option to personalize, to serve as a reminder for your kindness. Call: (808) 324-7700 • Fax: (808) 331-0767 • Email: Info@HospiceOfKona.org
In Lieu of Flowers: If you are looking for a more lasting expression of sympathy after the loss of a loved one, consider foregoing flowers and instead mentioning us in the obituary of your loved one and asking that friends and family members make donations in remembrance of your loved one.
Attend a Fundraising Event: At fundraising events, a portion or all of the proceeds will work to help support the work of Hospice of Kona. Whether you attend our Annual Royal Tea, Love2Fish, or any of the community third party fund-raisers, your participation is greatly noted and appreciated.
Shop at Memory Lane Thrift Stores: Memory Lane Thrift Store was opened by Hospice of Kona in 2010 and features carefully chosen, gently used clothing, household goods, jewelry, and vintage items. Memory Lane Too was opened in 2021 and features furniture, appliances, and works of art. You will enjoy our clean, pleasant atmospheres and our conscientious, caring volunteers. Web Site: Web Site Link Here
Utilize Our Affiliate Programs
Amazon Smile: Shopping at Amazon.com is a simple and automatic way to support Hospice of Kona at no cost to you. Just type Smile.Amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon URL, select Hospice of Kona as your preferred organization, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your order price to Hospice.
HawaiianMiles Program; As you earn miles, Hospice of Kona can earn a 1-to-1 dollar match, which we can use for hospice-related travel. Start at this affiliate program link (the affiliate code is HOKHIAIR), and book your travel as normal.
Make an Online Purchase
Featured products are available for purchase at one of our two Thrift Stores.