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Become a Hospice Volunteer

What do hospice volunteers do?

Working as a hospice volunteer can be a very rewarding experience. There are many ways to volunteer in hospice such as sharing companionship, to running errands, to providing much-needed respite for caregivers. Opportunities include:

  • Reading/writing letters
  • Performing light housekeeping
  • Helping with activities/hobbies
  • Preparing a meal
  • Companionship
  • Providing respite for the caregivers
  • Beareavement support
  • We Honor Veterans program
  • Gatehouse singers
  • Last moments

Volunteers enable us to provide services we could not otherwise. Providing a listening ear and friendly conversation can open the path for people to talk honestly about their questions, concerns, and fears.

How do I become a volunteer?

We specifically designed hospice training program where aspiring volunteers will learning from each of our interdisciplinary team members the skills they will need.

Training and support in:

  • Comprehension of hospice and palliative care
  • Patient and family rights
  • Importance of communication, listening, and boundaries
  • Aspects of death and stages of grief
  • Physical and emotional self care]
  • Spiritual considerations at end of life
  • Safety precautions and HIPAA regulations
  • Roles of our interdisciplinary team

Volunteer minimum requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 16 years or older
  • Must complete specific training class held twice a year (typically in Spring & Fall)
  • Clearances required: Criminal Background, Child Abuse, and FBI Fingerprinting
  • Commit to at least one year of serving

Apply to Become a Hospice Volunteer