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Why Start Volunteering?

Becoming a hospice volunteer gives you the opportunity to participate in the re-affirmation of life and its experiences for persons in the final phases of incurable illness so that they might live as comfortably as possible. The potential satisfaction that a volunteer can receive is very personal. Volunteers may even find that showing kindness and compassion for others is therapeutic for themselves.

What better way than to give back to your local community than becoming a volunteer. You can earn educational credit through High School Volunteer opportunities and College Student Volunteer opportunities. Our General Volunteers are 18+

Give back to your local community... become a volunteer.
  • Promise Care volunteers are a fundamental part of our team. Whether you offer companionship, a listening ear, assist with clerical work or fundraising events, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.
  • Promise Care volunteers are diverse and special members of our community. We work closely with all volunteers to match their talents and skills in the best way possible.
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Criteria for Becoming a Hospice Volunteer

Due to the nature of our services and legal restrictions; the following is a list of actions that our volunteers do not perform.

• Physically handle, move or lift a patient
• Administer drugs, set up a pill box, or pick up/deliver medicines to the patient or family
• Transport patients
• Feed patients
• Accept gifts from patients or their families

Criteria for becoming a Hospice Volunteer:
  • Be emotionally mature enough to deal with the subject of death and dying
  • Gain knowledge of the dying process
  • Possess the ability to help others deal with and understand the process of dying
  • Understand and sign the HIPAA confidentiality agreements
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete the required volunteer training program
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Types of Hospice Volunteers

Direct Patient Volunteers do things directly with the patient and caregiver. This may include reading to the patient, writing down memories, painting fingernails, and other activities. Volunteers can display their talents by singing to patients or playing instruments for them. Listening and giving reassurances to families is one of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering. Depending on their comfort level, volunteers may sometimes sit at the residence of a patient while the primary caregiver runs everyday errands.  Volunteer sometimes provide just as much reassurance to the caregiver as the patient.

Indirect Volunteers help with clerical work in the office. They may file, answer phone calls, or address envelopes. They may also assist in mail-outs to families regarding bereavement services.

Bereavement Volunteers help families and loved ones on their journey through the grieving process. This may be done through writing letters to the family and loved ones, visiting the family, making calls, assisting in the organization of support groups for those going through a loss, or going to funerals.