“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” -- written by Flavia Weedn
As a volunteer at Ohio's Hospice, you have the opportunity to leave footprints on the hearts of the patients and families. Through this process, you may discover footprints left on your own heart.
Camp Pathway's is an annual Summer bereavement camp for children ages 7-17, held at the Joy Outdoor Education center in Warren County, a beautiful site equipped with a pool, large pond, fishing area and ropes course.
Camp is a great opportunity to help a grieving child as well as a chance to meet and work with other adults. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of people to make camp a success. Please seriously consider volunteering your time and talents. You won’t be disappointed! We have two volunteer positions. Both positions require the volunteer to spend the weekend at camp. Camp will start Friday morning and will end on Sunday around 3 pm.
All first-time volunteers serve in the role of a Buddy. The Buddy is assigned to a camper and must stay with that camper all weekend. This includes sleeping in the same cabin as your child and eating meals with your child. We may assign you to an additional child, but only if absolutely necessary and only if you feel comfortable with two. This position requires someone willing to assist a child on his/her grief journey, someone who can listen and offer compassionate understanding. The position of “buddy” is by far our largest volunteer need.
The Group Leader is an experienced Camp Pathways volunteer selected by the Camp Director and Volunteer Coordinator. The Group Leader facilitates discussion and group activities, assists adult buddies with any problems that might arise, and keeps the group informed of schedules, changes, etc. The Group Leader reports to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Camp Pathways 2016 will be held Friday, June 24-Sunday, June 26, 2016.
Becoming a volunteer is a simple 5 step process:
Step 1 - A willingness to support grieving children and teens.
Step 2 - Complete this online camp application and all subsequent required documents designed to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as an Ohio's Hospice of Dayton volunteer and ensure the safety of the children being served. (Subsequent documents will be emailed to you)
Step 3 - Call (937) 256-9507 ext.1147 with any questions. We will provide you with reference forms to distribute. Give the reference forms and pre-addressed envelopes to people not related to you who have personal knowledge of your qualifications for a volunteer position.
Step 4 - You will be fingerprinted for a criminal background check at no cost to you.
Step 5 - Choose the age of the child or youth you wish to serve and attend the New Buddy Training and All Staff Training.