"I was assigned to someone who needed exactly what I could offer. I immediately felt a joy and personal growth that came from the act of doing for another human being. I have learned it is in giving of ourselves that we receive."- BHV Volunteer
Our volunteers provide hundreds of hours worth of free care and services for caregivers and individuals facing illness, isolation, end of life, or grief. Their dedication to service helps to make Sitka a more healthy, neighborly, and compassionate community.
Volunteering with Brave Heart Volunteers is a rich and meaningful experience that
creates a mutually beneficial encounter for both volunteers and recipients.
Visiting & Companionship
Many of our volunteers provide companionship to care receivers. Visits are weekly for 1-2 hours and volunteers are available to provide social and emotional support, like sharing stories, playing cards, crafting, helping with light house work, running errands, or just assisting care receivers with simple tasks. The smallest activity or interaction can truly improve a care receiver's quality of life.
End of Life Caring Support
Our volunteers sit at the bedsides of those who are nearing the end of life and provide much needed respite for caregivers. Volunteers do not offer medical assistance, but instead act as a compassionate presence, as one who can hold a hand, read, give words of comfort, or simply keep vigil so their caregivers can get some rest.
Friends in Grief
The Friends in Grief program offers individuals one-on-one support and companionship from someone who has a shared experience of loss. Individuals facing grief are matched with a volunteer who has experienced a similar loss and has completed our training, along with prior participation in grief and beareavement groups.
Events, Administrative, & Expertise
Events provide a great opportunity for volunteers who cannot commit to regular companionship visiting, but want to become more involved with BHV. Every year we look for help in a wide range of areas for our many events and fundraisers, including selling tickets, greeting participants, baking, cooking, clean up, and set up. We can also use administrative help with office tasks, data entry, mailings, and other duties. Another way in which to volunteer is to share your expertise at our volunteer trainings, or creating art for our various fundraisers!