Hospicare depends on the incredible commitment of more than 100 volunteers who put in thousands of hours supporting our patients and families, as well as supporting the Hospicare staff.

All volunteers complete a mandatory 20-hour training program. Patient care volunteers help patients and families with household chores, shopping, transportation, and companionship. This is done in the patient’s home setting, whatever that may be. Patient care volunteers are also utilized in our 6-bed residence to help prepare and serve meals and to provide companionship. Specially trained and/or professional volunteers also support bereaved families, play music, give massages, and provide pet visits.

Additional volunteer support includes tending our gardens, lending a hand in the office, grocery shopping for the residence, and helping with fundraising events.

Our next Volunteer Training Dates:

Volunteer training sessions take place in the Spring and Fall. Our next volunteer training will be in March 2017. Attendance at all sessions is required.

Held in our Ithaca Office: 172 East King Road, Ithaca, NY

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

If you interested in volunteering in Cortland County, please contact Wendy Yettru to learn more about training in that area.

If you become a volunteer, you will be asked to:

  • Attend the 20-hour mandatory training session
  • Make a commitment of 2-4 hours a week for a minimum of one year
  • Attend continuing education and support meetings to enhance your skills and knowledge of hospice
  • Be reliable and prompt when performing assignments
  • Participate in an annual review
  • Successfully pass a background check
  • Comply with the policies and procedures of the organization
  • Have the ability to maintain appropriate boundaries

In return, you will receive:

  • The joy of making a difference in the lives of our patients and families
  • The satisfaction of giving back to our community
  • The recognition, support, and appreciation of Hospicare staff
  • The chance to meet new, interesting people
  • Continued education and training

Find out more about how to become a volunteer.

Many volunteers offer to help because they know about our services firsthand. We ask applicants who have recently suffered a significant loss to wait a year before working directly with patients and families. There may be other ways to get involved during that time, like assisting with fundraising events or working in our garden.

For more information

Please contact Manager of Volunteer Services Wendy Yettru at 607.272.0212.