Volunteer Program

The hospice philosophy focuses on quality of life for those living with end-stage illnesses so they maintain as much comfort and dignity as possible. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals and volunteers provides caring support for both the hospice recipient and his or her loved ones. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. Give your time, your talents and your heart by becoming one of our volunteers. 

Volunteers are an important part of the hospice philosophy. You are there to hold a hand and listen, read or write a letter, run errands or even help out in our office. 

Volunteers are there to step in when a family member needs a break, and are there for the family and friends after their loved one has passed away. No matter what your skills, talents or motivation, we have the opportunity for you to help.

What does it take to be a Kindred Hospice Volunteer?

  • Care and concern for others
  • Tolerance, flexibility and patience
  • Maturity and self-understanding
  • Good communication skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Empathy, sincerity and sensitivity
  • Dependability
  • Acceptance of moral and cultural differences
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Ability to accept supervision and evaluation
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete comprehensive hospice volunteer training
  • Annual TB testing
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background screening
  • Submit to and pass a drug screening

There are no restrictions in regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin.

Volunteers receive training appropriate to their respective volunteer position. Orientation and trainings are scheduled to fit your busy schedule.

We provide care all over the local area. As a volunteer, you can choose where, when and how to give your time!

Administrative Volunteers

Provide administrative/clerical support including filing, answering phones, mailings, etc. Some tasks can be done from your home.

Bereavement Volunteers

Provide bereavement support to families through supportive phone calls, mailings and visits.

Visitor Volunteers

Make friendly visits to people on hospice care in their homes or long-term health care facilities, and provide companionship and support to the patient and their families.

Pet Therapy Volunteers

Make supportive visits to patients with their registered therapy dogs. The pet therapy volunteer team must be registered or be willing to become registered through an organization such at Therapy Dog, Inc., Therapy Dog International, etc. We can help you with the process of getting registered.

Tuck-In Volunteers

Make weekly telephone calls to check on patients/families to assess their needs. These calls can be made from your home.

Other Specialty and Professional Volunteers

Volunteers who want to provide specific support including music, vigil, art/crafts, life review video, spiritual support, handyman, etc. Also, those who want to share professional skills such as art and music therapists, beauticians and barbers and other professional services (volunteers must be certified, licensed or registered in the professional specialty).

Note: Volunteers may serve in more than one role provided they complete the necessary training.

Testimonials

“Being a volunteer has given me the opportunity to help people who feel scared, helpless and often alone. I never realized how much suffering I could relieve just by being a friendly face and having a conversation with someone.”
– Nick S., Patient Volunteer

“Life seems to have a purpose when you volunteer your time for a wonderful organization. I have really enjoyed working as a volunteer in the office! The staff is great to work with and is so dedicated to the patients and clients they support. Thanks for allowing me to help!”
– Vo W., Office Volunteer

“I have enjoyed and learned a lot from the trainings offered by the staff. I really appreciate how the Volunteer Coordinator made the trainings available so that I was able to be part of the team.”
– Kristin J., Patient Volunteer

“It gives me an opportunity to give back to those that have made a difference in this world. And if one visit brings happiness to those I visit, I have been blessed.”
– Susan E., Patient Volunteer

Apply:

Download the Application Form and Email completed form to become a volunteer.