Hospice is in need of volunteers. The most pressing need is for patient and family care and support volunteers. These are the people who give a few hours a week to assist hospice patients and families in achieving goals and meeting needs.
Hospice is also in need of bereavement volunteers. They must also participate in the volunteer training classes. Bereavement volunteers are usually assigned to a person who is coping with the death of a loved one. Volunteers make regular phone calls from home to listen, provide information, encouragement and support.
"Hospice helpers" is a new category of volunteers. Hospice helpers are people who volunteer time and expertise on a one-time basis for a specific reason, such as carpentry, hairdressing, etc.
Organizational support volunteers help with clerical work, fund-raising and community education. Organizational support volunteers also are asked to take a mini-volunteer training class.