Description of the event:
Consider the Conversation is part of the Conversation Project, a nationwide campaign to get people talking to their loved ones about their wishes for end-of-life medical care. Individuals are encouraged to begin the “conversation” with family and friends. The desired result is to have them complete and file an advance directive or POLST form detailing their wishes for care.
The event lasts approximately two hours and includes a showing of the documentary film, Consider the Conversation, followed by a panel discussion of experts. Panelists have included physicians, social workers, ethicists, nurses, financial planners and healthcare administrators.
The Volunteer Event Coordinator will help lead Hope Hospice’s effort to bring Consider the Conversation events to communities in our service area. This person may also help coordinate plans to bring awareness to community members of the importance of completing an advance directive or POLST form through other activities and especially during National Healthcare Decisions Day in April.
Working with members of the Development and Marketing staff, the Volunteer Event Coordinator will contact groups, individuals, churches or organizations interested in learning more about advance planning and starting the “conversation” with their loved ones. In most instances, contact will have already been made by staff members or other volunteers who are assisting in this effort. The Volunteer Event Coordinator and the volunteer community outreach coordinator will also attend the Alameda Hospice Coalition meeting as needed.
Once a request has been made, the Volunteer Event Coordinator will work with the requesting organization’s contact person to determine the date, time and location of the event. The volunteer will then:
- reserve site; determine if there are any rental fees, agreements to sign
- contact potential panelists and secure commitment
- arrange publicity through the communications manager/director
- distribute flyers
- see list for complete list of duties
Individual/Small Group Education
In some instances individuals or small groups may want to learn more about advance directives and how to fill forms out. The volunteer event coordinator will identify Hope Hospice staff members or other volunteers who are able to provide counseling and instruction; or, the Volunteer Event Coordinator will fulfill the request if she/he is properly trained and prepared to do so.
Reports to: Development and Marketing staff
- Must be friendly, personable and represent Hope Hospice in a positive way
- Must be able to handle multiple responsibilities and work well with others
- Must have a valid California driver’s license and be able to drive own car
- The ability to carry a small box of materials and set up a registration/information table is desirable