200+ people want to volunteer for IU Health's 'No One Dies Alone' program

Officials only expected about 10 people to show interest. When hundreds showed up to Monday night's meeting, the volunteer department was shocked.

Posted: Jan 15, 2020 11:47 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2020 12:09 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—IU Health Arnett is overwhelmed after more than 200 people showed interest in volunteering for its new program.

The 'No One Dies Alone' program is for dying patients who have no family. Volunteers will sit with patients during their last days of life so they do not pass alone. 

As News 18 previously reported, the hospital is searching for volunteers to participate in the program new to the Lafayette area. However, officials said they only expected about 10 people to show interest. When hundreds showed up to Monday night's meeting, the volunteer department was shocked. 

The meeting had to be moved to a larger space to accommodate everyone.

Charles Self, Chaplain Manager for IU Health West Central Region, said it's so wonderful that so many community members want to help others.

"We told them that we were overwhelmed," Self explained. "And I think you could see the energy in the crowd that many of them were, also I think, touched and impressed that that many people in our community wanted to help."

IU Health Arnett's volunteer department said it is working hard to make sure everyone who wants to participate can. 

"I want to let people know that we are hard at work and trying to get this launched," Self said.

Officials told News 18 they hope to have the program going by February. 

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer in this program. Officials also suggest if you have had a loved one pass away within the last year, you should wait until volunteering for the 'No One Dies Alone' program. 

All interested volunteers must apply through IU Health's volunteer department. Click here for an application. 

Orientation sessions are Monday, Jan. 20 and Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register for a session, click here. 

Officials say it is a possibility the program could eventually be expanded to other area hospitals in the future, including Frankfort and White Memorial. 

If you are interested in volunteering in a different way at IU Health Arnett, reach out to volunteer services at 765-838-6288 or email csuter@iuhealth.org 

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