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
  • filing
  • data entry

Assist the foundation by

  • helping with fundraisers and events

Share a talent

  • playing an instrument
  • singing
  • gardening
  • hairstylist
  • message therapy
  • pet therapy
  • sewing

Home Volunteering

  • companionship
  • respite for caregivers
  • running errands
  • reading
  • light housekeeping
  • cooking
  • writing
  • bereavement visits
  • veteran to veteran visits

Preparation for home volunteers consists of 22 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.

Volunteer Training

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, 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer or would like more information, please contact Nancy Morrow at 315.788.7323 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • You people are the best of the best.

  • I can't find adequate words to say how wonderful Hospice was to my husband and me. They brightened my day and gave me the courage to meet each day. I learned to lean on and love each and everyone. God bless them all!

  • Everyone on the Hospice team was wonderful. They were gentle, loving and very good with my mother. I learned so much from them.

  • What a great team I had! Everyone I dealt with was very professional.

  • I do not know how I would have handled or survived the care without the help of Hospice. They were there for me at all times.
  • The professionalism, compassion and respect for our child and our family are sincerely appreciated.
  • Your care was excellent. Thank you for all you did for my husband.

  • The whole team was exceptional. We could not have asked for better care for our loved one.

  • I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtfulness during this most difficult time. Your services were wonderful and very helpful. My sincere thanks to all of you.
  • Your nurses went over and beyond the call of duty to help us.
  • I can't find the words to say how good the hospice team was, even helping after my wife's death.
  • Words can't express how much I appreciate what all of you did for my husband. You guys just made it work so well.

1398 Gotham St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-7323
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