Hospice & Community Care volunteers are truly the heart of our organization. They make important contributions to the lives of our patients and their families every day. To become a Hospice & Community Care volunteer, you do not need any previous experience with hospice care, just a genuine commitment to meet the needs of patients and families. We will provide you with a comprehensive training program that will help you decide on where to begin your volunteering journey.
What volunteer opportunities are available?
Depending on your skills and strengths, there are multiple opportunities for service available. Patient and Family support options include Home Hospice (in patient homes), Nursing Home Visitors, Bereavement, Coping Kids and Hospice Inpatient Center volunteers. Other support options that are not with patients include office and foyer volunteers, as well as special projects, such as fundraising, community relations and "green thumb" (volunteers to help in the gardens at the Hospice Center). Click here for a complete list of opportunities.
Do I need any special skills?
Hospice volunteers are special: they're sensitive to others, they're non-judgmental, they have the ability to listen. And, most important: they really care. Additional skills and talents may also be very useful. Click here to view a video about what it means to be a volunteer.
I want to be helpful, but feel unprepared.
Hospice provides training for all volunteers with sessions offered at varying times to accommodate your needs and your schedule. A medical background or experience is not necessary. Additional training and in-service programs are scheduled throughout the year. Click here to view a video about volunteer training and support.
Where am I needed most?
We always need more volunteers to assist patients and families. If you have transportation, are available several hours a week, and are a "people" person this service may be of interest to you. In addition, there are a variety of other volunteer opportunities offered for a number of different shifts. Click here to view a video where volunteers share their memories.
How can I get started?
Click here to complete an online volunteer application , or give us a call to receive more information. A volunteer coordinator will meet with you to schedule your training, where you will explore what volunteer service best matches your talents and availability. Click here to view a video encouraging you to volunteer with Hospice & Community Care.
How can I find out more?
Just pick up the phone and call Hospice & Community Care. One of our Volunteer Coordinators will speak with you to familiarize you with our programs and answer any specific questions you may have. You may also click here to download a volunteer training schedule or information packet for teen volunteers, along with the school service form for teens.