Cicely Ambassador Team | Heart 'n Home Volunteer Services

The Cicely Ambassador Team

The Cicely Program is a youth volunteer program designed and initiated by Heart ‘n Home. The Program was named after Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. She started a worldwide crusade to provide compassionate end-of-life care for the terminally ill.
The Cicely Ambassador Team is an endeavor by Heart ‘n Home Volunteer Services to:
  • Bridge the generational gap between youth and elderly.
  • Establish a commitment to life-long volunteerism.
  • Encourage community engagement.
  • Educate youth about end-of-life care.
The Cicely Program instills the value of volunteerism as it promotes integrity by teaching and encouraging honesty, the value of effective communication, passion, follow-through, and leadership.

Catch the Vision

Each of us has been, or will be, affected by end-of-life issues in our families, churches, neighborhoods, and schools. Community service provides the critical missing link for many students – an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs.
The Cicely Ambassador Team is a group of high school students that have been nominated by their school counselors and/or leadership teachers. Heart ‘n Home works closely with participating schools’ administrators and counselors to provide education to students on end-of-life care, healthcare career paths, and other opportunities available through the Cicely Program.

Commit to Purpose

  • Volunteer at least one hour per week for a hospice patient.
  • Attend Heart ‘n Home Volunteer Services training.
  • Attend the Cicely Ambassador Leadership and Planning Retreat.
  • Attend team planning meetings.
  • Plan and participate in two community service projects.
  • Keep a volunteer journal.

Service Opportunities

The Cicely Ambassador Team annually conducts at least two service opportunities focused on the local community, healthcare, and senior citizens. Past projects have included:
  • Book drive for home-bound hospice patients.
  • Senior citizen movie nights.
  • Food drive for Meals on Wheels.
  • Senior citizen community dances.
  • Yard sale fundraiser benefiting hospice patients.

Reap the Rewards

  • Develop new friendships.
  • Gain a better understanding of citizenship.
  • Improve people skills.
  • Strengthen leadership skills.
  • High school seniors are eligible for scholarships.
  • Acquire skills for use in the workplace and society.
  • Build meaningful relationships.
  • Inspire people around you.
  • Learn how to be a better help and address problems.
  • Increase team building and unification skills.
  • Improves sense of self-worth.
  • Added value to resumes and experiences for college entrance applications.