- Is a special and necessary member of the Hospice Team
- Is caring, open, and accepting of life
- Understands the challenges that face families and patients when confronted with a life-limiting illness.
- Affirms life not just by speaking but by doing
- Learns new interpersonal skills
- Makes possible what was once impossible
- Knows integrity means keeping promises to ourselves as well as others
- Gives back to life what was given to them
- Enriches their own life by enriching the lives of others
You Can Make a Difference
Hospice volunteers both give and receive many benefits from joining our program. Volunteers set their own levels of commitment based on their available time and the needs of our patients.
Direct Care Volunteers help by providing comfort, support, care and compassion to our patients and their family members. You can make a difference by…
- Visiting or calling a patient or family member
- Providing companionship (from simple conversations to exploring deep feelings)
- Reading aloud or listening to music together
- Looking at photos together and sharing memories (life review)
- Writing letters
- Going for walks with a patient or family member
- Sitting with a patient so caregivers have free time (respite)
- Journaling (helping the patient record their history)
- Watching movies or playing games
- Helping with children
- Bereavement support
- Sharing a quiet moment
- Simply being present
Indirect Care Volunteers help by providing administrative assistance on special projects that enhance the work of our staff and support patients, families and the efforts of the teams in the field.
- Graphic arts
- General office support
- Community outreach
- Volunteer recruitment
- Running errands
- Sending birthday and/or sympathy cards
- Setting up for training, luncheons or meetings
- Crafting projects
The role of the Indirect Care Volunteer is limited only by energy, talent and time!
Training & Support
Direct Care Volunteers are required to participate in initial hospice volunteer training as well as basic orientation. Training is offered in different formats and locations throughout the Seasons Hospice service areas. Specific skill sets may require additional interview, selection and program training.
Indirect Care Volunteers receive basic orientation, training specific to task undertaking, and are encouraged to attend initial hospice volunteer training. Volunteer training and orientation give volunteers an opportunity to learn new skills and become aware of skills they already possess. Some of the areas of training include:
- Hospice mission, history and philosophy of care
- Role of the volunteer and the interdisciplinary team
- Spiritual and cultural diversity
- Listening and communication skills
- Patient care
- Disease processes
- Self care
- Grief and bereavement
Additional support meetings and educational opportunities are offered throughout the year as well as ongoing personal support and social gatherings.
When you're ready to make a commitment to caring for others, we would love to hear from you. Volunteer selection begins with an application and interview in which potential volunteers may express their personal goals, availability, interests and talents. Of course, our volunteers are carefully screened through a criminal background check, motor vehicle report, and personal references.