Currently, there will not be any in-person volunteer training opportunities through SHC. If interested, contact one of our members for information about their volunteer programs.
Volunteers Are Still Needed!
Volunteers are still needed and are integral members of the hospice team! There are so many ways you can support people and families at the end of life. Reach out to one of our members today to learn about online training opportunities.
Patient and Family Support Volunteers
Most hospice volunteer needs are for direct patient and family support. Volunteers travel to the patient’s home – whether it be a private home, a nursing home, or a long-term care facility to spend time with the patient and/or family. Volunteers do not provide any medical or hands-on care. They simply spend time with the patient, talking with them and keeping them company. Some of the other things patient care volunteers do include:
- Caregiver respite
- Helping with simple chores around the house
- Grocery shopping
- Preparing light meals for patients
- Providing comfort and support
- Helping the patient’s caregiver with their errands and other daily tasks
- Informing hospice staff of the patients’ needs
Patient support volunteers provide a vital service for the hospice patients. They give patients someone who will listen to their stories, talk with them, play games or just offer presence. This type of volunteering is perfect for compassionate, empathetic people who want to help patients during a time of transition.
Program Support Volunteers
Program support volunteers have just as important a role in a hospice organization as volunteers who work directly with patients. Program support volunteers do several different tasks in the hospice organizations office. These tasks may include:
- Preparing mailings and leaflets
- Stocking supplies
- Helping in thrift stores
- Answering or making phone calls
- Assisting with fundraising campaigns
- Participating in community outreach events
- Helping with data entry and other clerical duties
If you have previously worked in an office, administrative volunteering would be a good choice for you. If you have not done any administrative work before, don’t worry—your hospice organization will happily provide you with training before you begin. The most important thing is to be enthusiastic and excited about helping the hospice organization with their community outreach and administrative tasks.
Volunteers gain tremendous satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of others and continually report individual growth and increased self-knowledge from their experience in hospice.