Hospice volunteers provide comfort and companionship to people living with a serious illness and help their family caregivers in a variety of ways. We rely on our volunteers to help with office work, fundraising, outreach and patient care. Our volunteers gain great personal satisfaction knowing that they have made a significant impact on another person’s life.
Services that our volunteers provide:
- Visiting with patients
- Spending time doing activities with patients
- Running errands for the patient or their family
- Encouraging the patient to share their experiences with them
- Providing a break for the patient’s caregiver so they can take care of themselves
- Vigil companion
- Kid’s Path volunteer
- Bird feeders
- Bereavement volunteer
- Music volunteer
- Special Events volunteer
- Flowers & More
Administrative/Office work, including:
- Answering phone calls
- Data entry
- Mailings and photocopying
- Giving tours of our facilities
We never ask our volunteers to do anything that they are not comfortable doing.
HospiceCare trains our volunteers! Training covers the following areas:
- The HospiceCare philosophy
- A comprehensive overview of HospiceCare services
- Physical, emotional, social and spiritual issues that people can encounter at end-of-life
- Individual needs, including emotional support, emergency procedures, precautions and end-of-life procedures
- An overview of chronic and life-limiting illnesses
- Effective communication skills
- Boundaries for the volunteer and the patient and family
- Information about grief and loss
How do I sign up to be a HospiceCare volunteer?
If you’d like more information, or if you are interested in becoming a HospiceCare volunteer, click here to go to our Contact Us page. Fill out the form and one of our Volunteer department staff will get in touch with you.
To download and print the Volunteer Application, Click Here
Of course, you can always call us at 304-768-8523 as well.