Volunteer with Honoring Choices
Receive training to give talks about ACP to groups in the community. You must be comfortable talking to large groups, have familiarity with using a Powerpoint presentation (which we provide), commit to doing a minimum of 3 presentations per calendar year, and commit to attending at least 2 informational meetings for Ambassadors per calendar year. We ask for a three-year commitment to the role before providing the training, which includes a 4-hour orientation session and shadowing an experienced Ambassador at two events.
Each year we hold an ACP Conference, and volunteers are needed to help with the registration, sales tables, logistics, and other tasks to keep the event running smoothly. In addition, occasional events held at other times during the year may require the presence of volunteers to hand out promotional materials, assemble mailings, direct participant traffic, etc.
Occasionally we have need of help with a specific project. Examples of past projects have included internet research on a specific topic, sitting on a task force to update materials or create new materials, solicit donations for door prizes, provide photographic or video coverage of an event, etc.
Individuals who have successfully completed the Respecting Choices First Steps Facilitation curriculum can volunteer to meet one-on-one with people seeking assistance in completing their healthcare directive. Proof of Facilitator Certification is required, as well as attendance at the Ambassador orientation and shadowing an experienced Facilitator at one facilitation session. Individuals must demonstrate skills of compassion, listening, communication and knowledge of ACP, as well as commit to a three-year period of volunteering. The exact number of facilitated sessions you will have will vary based on requests coming in to the Honoring Choices office, but it is expected that you will conduct at least three per year.
As Honoring Choices works with more and more sites and communities around the state, we have more requests for training of health care professionals and community volunteers. If you are a health care professional who has done ACP as part of your job, and/or are certified as an instructor in the Respecting Choices curriculum, we'd be interested in having you on our team. Please let us know your background and your availability - especially in Greater Minnesota.
Honoring Choices is guided by an Advisory Council, which occasionally accepts new members. If you are interested in having a say in the direction of future Honoring Choices focus and projects, you might want to consider volunteering in a leadership capacity. Please email us to indicate your interest.