Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with the VNA Hospice

VNA volunteers are a key (vital) part of the VNA Hospice team. Some volunteers interact directly with patients, families and caregivers. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting.

  • Hospice Patient Care Volunteers spend their time with hospice patients. Volunteers travel to the place where the patient currently resides. This could be the patient's home, family members home, or a long term care facility. Volunteers do not provide any medical or hands-on care. The volunteers' visits allow caregivers the opportunity to run errands, attend appointments, catch up on household duties, or to simply rest. During your visits you could be reading, providing a comforting touch, playing/singing music, or being a calm presence.
  • Hospice Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with Veteran patients and their families. The Vet to Vet program aims to pair recruited Veteran Volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Veteran volunteers are also able to present the "We Honor Veterans" certifications and gifts to the patient.
  • Pet Therapy Volunteers provide patients with an opportunity to interact with appropriate animals for therapeutic, tactile and emotional stimulation.
  • Bereavement Volunteers provide continued support to family and friends after the death of a loved one with phone calls, visits, and monthly mailings.
  • Why do hospices have volunteers? When hospice care became a Medicare benefit in 1982, the law included specific provisions for hospice volunteers. This combination of trained professionals and a caring community is one of the things that makes hospice unique in healthcare.
  • Administrative Volunteers provide support in the VNA office: filing, preparing packets, mailings, computer input, shredding, gathering recycling materials, fundraising and special projects.

*We suggest individuals wait a minimum of one year following the death of a loved one to volunteer. This allows adequate time to make adjustments after a significant personal loss.

Specific volunteer training is provided to each individual who completes and qualifies to become a member of the VNA team. If you're worried that you may not have the right volunteer skills, don't be! We will provide you with orientation, training and guidance so that you excel as a volunteer.