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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.
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 homebound hospice patients.
- Senior citizen movie nights.
- Food drive for Meals on Wheels.
- Senior citizen community dances.
- Yard sale fundraiser benefiting hospice patients.
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.
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.