We work to find the right assignment for you. Volunteers may provide service on a regular basis ranging from 2-4 hours weekly or may be involved in working to complete a one-time only assigned task.
Vacations are encouraged; we appreciate advance notice so that we can plan accordingly. If a leave of absence is requested, it also regarded as a positive decision for which you are free to make.
Volunteers are considered an essential element to the work of our hospice team. Volunteers report a sense of personal satisfaction as they make significant contributions to both the community and patients receiving hospice care. Many volunteers state that being involved in hospice work allows them to better prioritize important aspects of their own lives.
Volunteers who at least 18 years of age may work directly with patients once they have completed the interview/ training process. They must also submit to a background check and health checks.
The most valuable skill is the ability to listen and be non-judgmental.
Yes, special events are held throughout the year and event volunteers are instrumental toward their success.
You may need to consider taking on a non-patient volunteer role for up to a year after your loss.
All volunteers are required to complete hospice training which is offered online. The training is designed for both persons who desire to be involved directly with patients or for individuals who wish to work in the office. Training topics to be covered are:
- understanding death, dying, spirituality, grief and loss issues
- the Hospice philosophy
- listening skills
- pain and symptom management of the terminally ill person
- the psychological and social issues families deal with in the care of their loved ones.