Volunteering

Northern Light Home Care & Hospice relies on the help and support of many volunteers in a variety of capacities. If you are interested in lending your talent and time to support Northern Light’s mission, please consider one of these interesting opportunities:

Northern Light Home Care & Hospice has busy office settings. Opportunities for interested volunteers include assisting with mailing, medical record filing, special projects, and copying and collating materials to be used with Northern Light patients, staff, and the public. Most office volunteers volunteer 2 to 4 hours per week on a regular schedule, although some are “on call” for special projects.

Volunteers must submit an application, interview with the Volunteer Coordinator, complete a background check, health screening, provide documentation of auto insurance, and agree to our agency policies.

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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.

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South Portland: Our Prayer Shawl volunteers meet from 4 to 6 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to work on our projects together. This group has been meeting since November 2009 and welcomes new members. Please feel free to join us at our Monday meetings.

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Bangor Area: Volunteers are fundamental to the Pathfinders program, which offers support to grieving children and their families. Specially trained volunteers serve as facilitators, offering age appropriate opportunities for children and their family members both to express their grief and learn about the grieving process and develop new coping skills to handle their losses. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or learning about becoming a volunteer, please contact Linda Boyle, Coordinator, 800-757-3326.

As a facilitator, you can expect to gain skill and knowledge in the following areas related to grief and loss:

  • Better understanding and appreciation for the special concerns of grieving children and their families

  • Group dynamics

  • Individual/Group communication/Teaming and co-teaming

  • Conflict Resolution/Anger management

  • Parenting in grief

  • Child developmental stages related to the grieving process

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Cumberland and Aroostook Counties: If you are an active member of a faith community and would like to help your fellow parishioners who are recovering from illness or surgery, or in need a transportation to the doctor call us and we will help you get involved.

For more information about us, call 800-757-3326.

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All volunteers must complete an application, interview, background check, satisfy health requirements, provide proof of automobile insurance, and agree to our agency policies. For more information, please reach out to one of our Volunteer Coordinators by calling 1-800-757-3326:

Beth Simmons, Volunteer Coordinator in South Portland
Wayne Melanson, Volunteer Coordinator in Bangor
Robin Haynes, Volunteer Coordinator in Presque Isle

Download our volunteer application

Download the curriculum for volunteer training