Hospice Muskoka needs help to maintain the framework that allows our programs and services to grow and respond to the needs of our South and West Muskoka community. We receive a small operating stipend from the Ministry of Health that represents about 30% of the operating budget. The rest of our resources come from the generosity of our community. Hospice Helpers can provide a wide array of support:
Hospice Muskoka is a registered not-for-profit organization that is an authorized charity under the Income Tax laws of Canada. The By-laws of the organization lay out the governance policy and the directors are entrusted to ensure operations, programs and activities conform to the Mission, Values, Vision, Charitable Objects, and the By-Laws. The Board also must ensure that Directors meet their fiduciary responsibilities, the organization remains solvent and, has the infrastructure and resources (both financial and human) to be able to meet all of its objectives. The only constant is change, especially within the health care and community support service sectors during the most sweeping transformation in health care since the inception of universal health care. We are on the edge of a Baby Boomer Tsunami which will create challenges in serving our aging population, and providing quality end-of-life care that meets the National Standards for Hospice Palliative Care. Consequently, ongoing monitoring and updating the organizations Strategic Plan is essential.
Along with interested community representatives, the Board accomplishes these responsibilities through three committees:
1. Administration – Financial oversight, policy and procedure development, compliance with the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Accreditation Standards, legislative compliance, and human resource development;
2. Public Relations and Fundraising – Plan and run fundraising events, ensure fundraising annual goals are met, develop and execute an annual marketing plan that promotes the events, the organization, community awareness of Hospice Muskoka and hospice palliative care, create partnerships and relationships that will assist Hospice Muskoka maintain and grow its programs and services as the need arises, organize media campaigns, and assists in volunteer recruitment;
3. Program Committee – ensures that all programs remain responsive to community need, that program enhancement or new programs comply with the Mission, Values and Vision of the organization, that there are volunteers to carry out the work of the organization, that volunteers are well oriented and trained to meet their level of responsibility, and that the committee works with the Administration Committee to ensure the policy infrastructure safeguards the clients, their families, the volunteers and the organization.
Volunteers maintain the Information Technology for the organization by updating all social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), the web site, and email promotions.
Volunteers develop the quarterly newsletter for the members and volunteers of the organization.
Volunteers staff the office during vacation of Administrative Assistant.
Volunteers assist with major mail and online campaigns and appeals.
Promotion, Event and Fundraising Helpers:
Volunteers assist in the planning and execution of various events and fundraising efforts of the organization. This may be accomplished by being a part of the planning committee for a particular event, helping with recruiting items for auction tables, selling tickets, distributing posters throughout the region, selling sponsorships and advertising, and/or working the day of the event.
Volunteers assist in staffing information tables at local markets, grocery stores, health fairs and senior information days, promoting our various programs and activities.
The members of the Speakers’ Bureau are volunteers who are trained to do presentations about Hospice Muskoka, Andy’s House, hospice palliative care, and end-of-life care. Groups and organizations can request education and workshops about a wide array of topics such as spiritual care, grief and bereavement, alternative therapy demonstrations, and, advance care planning.