Every day of life is precious. As a hospice volunteer you will experience first-hand how the Northern Light Hospice Team helps our clients live their final months, weeks, and days as fully and comfortably as possible. You will be part of a team working to provide a family with the best quality of life possible during a difficult time.
Direct Service Hospice Volunteers visit clients in their homes and offer non-medical support. Providing respite for caregivers and companionship for the client are the most frequent requests of our hospice volunteers. Practical help with transportation, errands, dishes, laundry, and walking the dog are a few of the other ways our volunteers have helped.
Direct Service Volunteers must complete a 24-hour hospice volunteer training, offered twice a year. Volunteers often say the training is a remarkable personal growth experience as we learn about hospice, work on communication skills, explore our own personal death awareness, discuss family dynamics and spirituality, and learn about comfort measures and about grief support – all elements of our holistic approach to care. We ask for monthly reporting of service provided. Once assigned to a hospice client, we ask for a minimum commitment of two hours per week.
Hospice Office Volunteers help with clerical tasks including mailing, filing, copying, data entry, and maintaining our library.