Volunteers are part of the Hospice team that offers supportive medical, emotional, spiritual and volunteer services to patients and families who are facing difficulties at the end of life.
Hospice volunteers are concerned individuals of all ages who willingly give of their time and talents to help Hospice families in many ways. They come from all walks of life, bonded by the mutual desire to serve the community.
Volunteers receive an orientation to the Hospice program during a comprehensive training course. Here the prospective volunteer learns about the Hospice program and the volunteer's role as part of the Hospice Team. There is no cost or obligation to volunteer by attending the trainings.
When training is completed, volunteers may select an area of involvement in the program, whether in direct patient contact or in one of many other supporting positions.
Working with the patient and family is one of the most personal ways a volunteer can become involved with the program. Visiting the home, the volunteer serves as a friend to provide support to the patient and family. In this role, volunteers often offer:
- Friendship and companionship
- Emotional support and assistance to patient/family
- Respite care (free time for caregiver)
- Services, such as shopping, running errands, doing light housework or other homemaking duties
In the team and administrative offices, volunteers provide much-needed clerical support in a variety of ways – working on the computer, helping with mailings, photocopying and so much more. Administrative/clerical volunteers help by assisting with:
- Computer work
- Cell phone calls
- Assisting with fundraising and special events
Opportunities exist to assist with support groups, to make follow-up calls to families and to become involved with memorial services. In this role, volunteers offer bereavement care through companionship and support programs to family members who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
Volunteers can give as little or as much time as they wish. Some volunteers donate many hours per week, some a few hours per month, while others prefer one-time services.
To receive more information, or to become a hospice volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (517) 841-6982 or toll free at (888) 821-3256.