Volunteer for Hospice
As Hospice provides holistic care for patients & families, volunteer training classes are offered to help you bring your gifts of compassion, commitment, and companionship to those nearing end of life. The hospice program seeks volunteers aged 18 or older to visit with patients and their families or to assist in office work.
- Volunteer Visits - Provide companionship, lend a listening ear, run an errand, read a book, write a letter, treasure a memory or simply be a much needed and appreciated presence for a hospice patient, allowing respite for their loving caregiver.
- Be a Comfort Caller - Make support calls to patients and family members, providing a compassionate ear while helping the hospice team ensure that needs are being met.
- Paws for Patients – Bring your certified Pet Therapy dog to homes and facilities providing a gentle, supportive presence to brighten the day of a hospice patient.
- Veterans to Veterans – Specially trained Veteran volunteers visit and support Veteran patients, honoring them with a personalized We Honor Veterans certificate.
- Music & Memory – Provide patients with iPods loaded with personalized music, assist with downloading playlists, delivering devices or developing playlists with patients & family members.
- Bear Hugs – Create handcrafted bears from the garments of a loved one, utilizing your superior sewing skills to help preserve memories!
- Bereavement Support – hospice provides support to the family for thirteen months after their loved one has died. VNAHG Bereavement Volunteers make phone calls, prepare mailings and assist with annual memorial services.
- Provide Alternative Therapies - If you have a license or a certification in Reiki, Meditation, or any alternative therapies (i.e., massage, reflexology, aromatherapy), please consider sharing your expertise as part of our volunteer hospice team.
- Friends of Van Dyke – Volunteers who support hospice fundraising and community outreach.
- Lend Your Office Skills - Volunteers provide assistance with administrative tasks in the office, including typing, copying, assembling admission charts, mailing, handwriting sympathy cards, bereavement mailings and preparation for trainings.
- Gloria’s Crafters – Teams of volunteers who come together to create commemorative items and gifts to enhance the comfort and well-being of patients and families (knitting, quilting, crocheting, even floral arranging).
For more information on becoming a hospice volunteer call Pauline DePalma, BSW, Director of Volunteers, at 732-224-6933, or Contact Us.