"Best Buddies" is a relationship-based program. Best Buddies volunteer at least four hours of their time each week in a one-on-one situation with a patient and his or her family to help decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation that they may feel on the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant unit.
Best Buddies participate in a mandatory 12 hours of training prior to being matched with a family. Following their training, Best Buddies provide respite care, friendly visits, occasional home-cooked meals, and many other supportive services.
If you have a serving heart, here are some ways you can help as a "Best Buddy"...
Contact information: Scott Mofield
Phone number: 919-668-1128
Program location: Duke University Medical Center and area housing
Training provided: Fire & Safety. Job-specific training -- intensive 12-hour training session -- usually scheduled over a weekend at Duke University Hospital. Continuing education offered and required.
Time commitment: Minimum four hours per week for a year.