A retired trainer with Sony Electronics, Bill has found many opportunities to adapt his professional skills to his volunteer work at Pathways. He uses his interpersonal skills when visiting patients and their families, where he provides companionship, and comfort. He uses his technical skills by creating and maintaining two databases for tracking the non-profits’ bereavement library and Integrative Therapies practices.
We recently sat down with Bill to ask him a few questions about his volunteer experiences at Pathways.
What does being a Pathways volunteer mean to me?
- Self fulfillment, personal growth
- Appreciation from the patients and family you serve
- Hospice visits for companionship with patients and caregiver relief
- Bereavement calling to families who have lost a loved one
- Integrative therapies committee
- So many opportunities to give back
- What skills do you have that you would like to share with others?
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteers often find that their greatest satisfaction comes from contributing to the wellbeing of others. They also have the opportunity to apply their talents in fields different from their usual work. For some, volunteering may even lead to a new career. Their gifts of time, energy, and skills fill a unique role that only they can provide. Many volunteers tell us that they learn from working with other dedicated professionals and volunteers.
Finding Your Niche at Pathways
To explore volunteer opportunities at Pathways, call the Manager of Volunteer Services in your area, or visit the “Apply to be a Volunteer” section of our website. After completing an application, you’ll meet with a representative from Volunteer Services to help you find your place at Pathways.
In Santa Clara County: 408.773.4219; in Alameda; Contra Costa Counties: 510.613.2017; and in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties: 650.808.4604. Or visit us online at www.pathwayshealth.org.