Hospicare depends on the incredible commitment of volunteers who collectively contribute thousands of hours, working with patients and their families in a variety of ways, assisting in the office, and raising money for hospice and palliative care programs.

Hospicare has three types of volunteers:

Patient Support Volunteers

Specially trained patient support volunteers commit to assist our patients and their families two to four hours a week in a variety of ways, including:

  • Companionship: Reading, listening, being a comforting presence, or just sitting with a patient in their home or the facility where they reside.
  • Respite: Allows caregivers to take a few hours “off”.
  • Support: Run an errand, pick up groceries, or assist with a small household task.
  • Tuck In: Weekly phone call to help identify weekend needs.
  • Pampering: Setting or brushing hair, rubbing lotion into a patient’s hands or feet, or painting fingernails.
  • Massage: Licensed massage therapists offer relaxing massage to patients.
  • Pet visits: Certified animals and their owners visit patients in our residence.
  • Threshold Choir: Trained singers, in small groups or solo, offer comforting music to patients and their families. 
  • Vigil: Compassionate presence with your loved one in the last few days.
  • Grief Support: Families receive supportive phone calls and mailings.

Find out more about the process to become a Hospicare volunteer. Or contact the Manager of Volunteer Services, Wendy Yettru at 607-272-0212.

Administrative Support Volunteers

Volunteers work in the office or remotely to assist staff in all areas. Contact the Manager of Volunteer Services, Wendy Yettru at 607-272-0212.

Community Support Volunteers

Volunteers assist with peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives, or support our events in a myriad of ways, from serving on a planning committee to helping ensure the safe passage of swimmers during Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare.

For more information: Please contact Assistant Director of Community Engagement Sara Worden at 607-272-0212.