Volunteers

The “You are Loved and Not Alone” Project

You Are Loved and Not Alone (calligraphy by Arts in Medicine artist Elizabeth Vander Kamp)

The mission of volunteers at UAB Pastoral Care is to let people know they are loved and are not alone.  

Our volunteers bring kindness and compassion during some of the most anxious times of a person’s life.  We have dozens of ideas how you can make a difference with patients, families, and employees at UAB Medicine.  Here are a a few of the things UAB Pastoral Care volunteers are doing.  Maybe you can help us invent new ones!

Click on one of the links (coming soon) below to learn more:

  • Adopt a Chaplain (or any other Healthcare Professional) to encourage, support
  • Adopt a Unit in the hospital (or a specific speciality Clinic)
  • Become a member of our Bereavement Ministry
  • Become a Support Team Coach to start Support Teams for UAB Patients
  • Become a Support Team Partner Congregation (or group)
  • Bring your choir (or any group) to sing, play music
  • Coordinate, nurture, love, and support our volunteers in UAB Pastoral Care
  • Converse with patients or family members who are receiving chemotherapy at Kirklin Clinic
  • Help us plan an interfaith worship service that includes people of all faiths
  • Lead a worship, prayer service, or meditation for persons in your denomination or faith background (Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc.)
  • Lead a brief meditation for patients in a small group in our Center for Psychiatric Medicine
  • Make caring calls to persons whose loved ones have died at UAB Hospital
  • Palliative Care – Serve and be with families whose loved ones are in comfort care
  • Perform (or help) at our Wholeness Project Music Concert on Third Thursday at Noon
  • Play a stringed instrument (or flute) or other soothing music in our hallways
  • Hand out or make Prayer Beads to give to patients, families, employees
  • Prayer Trees – manage a prayer tree in one of our ICUs or Pre-Surgery Waiting Areas
  • Prayers to Go – Stand at one of our prayer stations in the hospital as people ask for prayer
  • Scripture Snacks to Go – organize your group or class to prepare and give out in our hallways as random acts of kindness
  • Serve on our Grief Care Committee to remember those who have died at UAB Hospital, twice a year
  • Sit with someone who is dying and is all alone (No One Dies Alone program)
  • Social media outreach – share what UAB Pastoral Care is doing with the world
  • Start a Support Team for someone you know with a healthcare challenge
  • Visit or serve families in our waiting rooms or pre-surgery areas
  • Visit new patients in the hospital and see if they would like a Chaplain to visit
  • Visit Catholic patients with our team of volunteers on Sunday mornings, prayer, eucharist
  • Write caring notes to persons whose loved ones have died at UAB

Whether you want to make a difference as an individual, a small group, a Sunday School Class, a congregation, a service group, or any group, with our patients, families, or employees, let us know.

Children on a Mission.

Riverchase United Methodist 5th and 6th Graders June 28 2016

Riverchase United Methodist Church Children with their chaperones.

This is about children on a Mission.

Dozens of fifth and sixth grade children from Riverchase United Methodist Church show up at UAB Hospital a few times a year to make a difference in people’s lives.

They wear matching red T-Shirts with shopping bags that each child had personally prepared that included: five snack bags that had enough snacks for a dozen people each, handwritten notes, and several flowers to remind the recipients they were not alone, and not to forget they are loved.

They stop employees in the hallways to thank them for their service that includes nurses, environmental service workers, food service personnel, respiratory therapists, and many more for the specific work they do every single day.

They walk up to family members in waiting areas on multiple floors in the North Pavilion, Spain Wallace, and a few units in the Women and Infants Center, and The Kirklin Clinic to say they are sorry their family member is in the hospital, and to remember they are loved and not alone.

Some of the children ask family members if they could say a short prayer for their loved ones right there in the hall or waiting rooms. All families were kind and grateful and responded with hugs, tears, and even offered encouragement back to the children.

In just a short while, a few hundred persons, families, and employees are touched.

Our Staff Chaplains will be glad to meet your groups, prepare them for how to make a difference, and escort your group throughout the hospital.  It is important that any groups from congregations coordinate your outreach groups with our Staff Chaplains.  Call 205-934-4254 or email chaplains@uab.edu

These are just a few of the out-of-the-box methods UAB Pastoral Care uses to care for and encourage people to remember they are loved and not alone.

Others include: Prayers to Go, Scripture Snacks to Go, Prayer Bead gifts, The Wholeness Project Monthly Concerts with UAB Arts in Medicine, Bi-Annual Memorial Services for Families Whose Loved One Has Died, Prayer Trees in ICU waiting rooms, Support Teams to organize friends, neighbors, and congregations to make it easier for patients to get what they need to combat loneliness and create community. And of course, being present 24/7 at UAB Medicine.

Contact our Pastoral Care office, 205-934-4254 or chaplains@uab.edu if you, or your tribe, want to make a difference in the world at UAB.