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.