Becoming a Volunteer
Lend A Hand—Volunteer!
We are looking for home care volunteers in all areas of Jefferson and Southern St. Lawrence Counties
Are you looking for an enriching opportunity? There are many opportunities to join our Hospice team and make a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients and their families
Assist in the office
- answering the phone
- data entry
Assist the foundation by
- helping with fundraisers and events
Share a talent
- playing an instrument
- respite for caregivers
- running errands
- light housekeeping
Preparation for home volunteers consists of 20 hours of training that runs over a two week period. Each class last 4 hours. Volunteers will learn about the Hospice philosophy, confidentiality, listening skills, communication through words and deeds, nutrition, comfort measures, spirituality and life review, infection control, and bereavement visits.
All volunteers, regardless of assignment (patient care, administrative, or fundraising), receive training and support throughout their involvement with Hospice. It doesn't take long to prepare volunteers who will be helping around the office or with events for their assignments. Volunteers who will be visiting with patients start with 20 hours of training, usually spread over five days. The sessions are led by Nancy Morrow, Director of Volunteers, and include presentations and demonstrations by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, attorneys, physical therapists and other volunteers.
Nancy keeps volunteers updated about developments in Hospice care through monthly newsletters and luncheons. Volunteers enjoy coming together to share experiences and learn from each other.
Each year Hospice of Jefferson County hosts a dinner so that volunteers, board members and staff can share an evening of fellowship.