The Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism
This Week we Celebrate Healthcare Volunteerism!
For the week of Oct. 7, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with the American Cancer Society/AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center- Boston, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lynn Community Health Center and One Mission.
American Cancer Society
How do healthcare volunteers make an impact?
Boston Health Care for the Homeless
- We believe that our volunteers and staff members are the greatest resources in the community. Staff members partner with volunteers as individuals, as groups, and within community systems to bring accurate, innovative and compassionate answers to the people we serve. We organization our volunteers and staff members to deliver our mission in specific communities in the most effective way. Mobilizing volunteers is vital to how we prevent cancer, save lives and diminish suffering from the disease.
- The Patient Activities Program is one of the unique ways in which we are able to engage homeless men and women in care, rebuild their self-esteem and sense of self-worth, and provide critical opportunities for them to begin to overcome the isolation and mistrust that is so common amongst this vulnerable population—all of which are integral to improving our patients physical and behavioral health, as well as their quality of life.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Research has shown the positive impact that arts and crafts activities can have on medical patients, helping them to cope with diagnoses, maintain a satisfactory self-image, create new social support networks and minimize the effects of isolation and exclusion
- The Patient Activities Program has become an important component of the everyday life, providing patients with creative outlets and social interactions as volunteers work with them in one-on-one and small group settings on a daily basis.
- Gentle hand massages for much needed relaxation and stress-reduction, this program helps to improve their overall sense of wellbeing and alleviate some of their physical discomfort. The everyday rigors and hazards of homelessness—experiences of trauma, exposure to the elements, or unaddressed complications from an illness—leave many of the patients receiving care at Barbara McInnis House with chronic pain in their extremities. The hand massages provided through the Hand-to-Hand Program, performed by students trained in physical therapy, help to ease some of their pain while simultaneously providing a few moments of much-needed peace from the chaos that homelessness brings into their lives.
- Hospital volunteering assists the BWH staff in giving compassionate care to its patients and families
- Gives you an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others
- Connects you to the community
- Transforms our own life
Lynn Community Health Center
- Volunteering at Lynn Community Health Center provides community members with a way to give back. Many volunteers have a special connection to the city of Lynn, and some are current or former patients of the health center.
- Volunteers make the health center warm and inviting for our patients. They engage children in waiting areas through books and literacy, and create special events for many different constituents.
One Mission makes a difference in the lives of children with cancer by:
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" – David Rosenthal, MD David Rosenthal, MDVolunteer, American Cancer Society
- Acting as the "Voice of the Patient"
Children and families dealing with cancer experience anguish that is all-encompassing and essentially invisible to those outside the hospital corridors. One Mission is the voice for hundreds of people who need additional help, beyond just medical care.
- Providing Vital Support
One Mission allocates funding to vital programs and services that help children and families cope with the many physical, emotional and financial challenges associated with pediatric cancer. These include family-centered care initiatives that lift the spirits of patients and their families, help the healing and recovery process, and make life a little easier during treatment and hospitalization.
- Sponsoring Cutting-edge Research
One Mission funds cutting-edge research that is saving the lives of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer by identifying new and better treatments for this disease.
David S. Rosenthal, M.D. has devoted decades to the fight against cancer as a physician, a researcher, and a volunteer leader of the American Cancer Society on the state, regional, national, and international levels, including a term as the president of the Society’s national Board of Directors. A hematologist oncologist, David was the Director of Harvard University Health Services in Cambridge for over 20 years before retiring this past June, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. David has played a key leadership role in many important Society task forces and initiatives, including leading groundbreaking tobacco control initiatives in Massachusetts more than a decade ago. When the American Cancer Society launched a capital campaign in 2004 to build and operate an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Boston, David and his wife Judy stepped forward, he as co-chair of the Boston Campaign Cabinet, the group that has led the fundraising campaign for the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston. Since then, David and Judy have led spirited committees of volunteers who share their dedication to patient service and the goals of Hope Lodge, helping to raise more than $27 million to break ground for a building on South Huntington Avenue in 2007, and open the Lodge a year and a half later. They continue to help raise the $750,000 annual operating cost of the Lodge, through business and community outreach. Their legacy of service is ensuring that each year, hundreds of cancer patients and caregivers in New England and beyond will have access to the best information and services available to support them throughout their cancer journeys. What healthcare volunteer opportunities can I pursue?American Cancer Society
Boston Health Care for the Homeless
- Volunteer or host an event at one of our Hope Lodges across New England (Boston, Worcester and Burlington, VT)
- Volunteer on our Relay for Life committees or join us as a team captain!
- Become a driver for our Road to Recovery program, a free service provided by your American Cancer Society to transport patients to and from treatment
- Volunteer for our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events
- Volunteer for our Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) and be a part of a long term cancer research study. This is your opportunity to prepare a cancer-free legacy for generations to come. Through this landmark new study, we will continue our work to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations and create a world with more birthdays.
- Lobby Ambassadors
- Front Desk Volunteers
- Patient Activities Leaders
*Contact Alyssa Brassil, Manager of Special Events, Volunteers & Community Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 857-654-1046 or visit our website at http://www.bhchp.org/ongoingopportunities.htm
for more information
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The following and many other, volunteer opportunities are available at Brigham and Women’s hospital.
- Hospital Ambassador Volunteer
- Breast Center Navigator
- Book cart Volunteer
*To obtain information about getting started volunteering at BWH by visiting our volunteer web-site http://www.brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/volunteer
Lynn Community Health Center
- Reach out and Read: read to children in our waiting rooms and give each child a gently used book to take home; OR conduct a book drive of gently used books for distribution.
- Greeter: greet patients in Central Registration and help them get to their appointments.
The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with American Cancer Society, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lynn Community Health Center and One Mission for "Healthcare Volunteerism Week."American Cancer Society
- Assist One Mission with social media initiatives – looking for expertise in this area to help One Mission develop a more consistent social media strategy
- Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off – volunteers needed to help run the event (variety of positions open – people will be matched to the position that best meets their area of expertise)
- Volunteers needed to participate in the Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off. Become a Buzzee – shave your head in honor & support of kids with cancer. Raise money in exchange for your promise to shave your head. Money raised helps fund vital programs and services at Boston Children’s Hospital that help pediatric cancer patients & their families.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Boston Health Care for the Homeless
For more than 27 years, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has been committed to a singular, powerful mission—to provide and assure access to the highest quality health care for Boston’s homeless men, women and children. BHCHP is an active participant in the Kraft Practitioner Program, one of the core programs of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is dedicated to:
Lynn Community Health Center
- Serving the needs of our local and global community
- Providing the highest quality health care to patients and their families
- Expanding the boundaries of healthcare through research,
- Educating the next generation of healthcare professionals
The mission of the Lynn Community Health Center is to provide comprehensive health care of the highest quality for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. The Lynn Community Health Center is an active participant in the Kraft Practitioner Program, one of the core programs of the Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health. One Mission
One Mission is a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families. We bring help, hope, care and support to children and their families touched by cancer.