Volunteers support Hospice of the Foothills’ commitment to offering a wide range of high-quality services that our patients and families expect and deserve.
If you are searching for something meaningful to do with a few hours a week, we are eager to speak with you about volunteering with Hospice of the Foothills. Our training program prepares volunteers to work with our patients, their families, and their caregivers. Our on-going program of support and education allows you to expand, grow and reap the rich benefits of your commitment.
Our training for Direct Patient Support Volunteers consists of four six-hour sessions held on Mondays and Wednesdays over a two-week period each Spring and Fall. Training provides information about the hospice philosophy and concept, guidelines and practical skills, and gives volunteers the confidence to stay with a patient while their caregiver takes a break. After training, volunteers are assigned to work with patients and their families within a geographical area convenient for the volunteer. Our Volunteer Coordinator is always available for support, encouragement, and guidance.
Becoming a Hospice of the Foothills volunteer is an important commitment. We ask that volunteers serve a minimum of one year and dedicate an average of 1-4 hours per week to patient support. We require volunteers to complete our professional training and to attend at least two monthly in-services per year. These in-services are offered monthly for continuing education.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Patient Support & Professional Services
- Compassionate Care Home
- Administrative/Clerical Support
- Gift and Thrift Stores
Patient Support & Professional Services
Volunteers may read to the patient, prepare light meals, perform light housekeeping and run errands. One of the most important things a volunteer can offer a patient is time: time to sit with them; time to listen to their stories and share their lives; time to offer caregivers a break from the difficult tasks of caring for a loved one. Volunteers can also offer their professional services to help patients; cosmetologists, certified massage therapists, pet visitors and musicians are always a welcome addition to our volunteer team.
Bereavement volunteers focus on providing support to the family after the patient dies by companioning them through the grieving process. Additional training is provided to prepare volunteers to provide support with phone calls or visits. Bereavement volunteers also provide co-facilitation for our support groups, individual counseling for Hospice of the Foothills family members, community members, and our Transitions Program clients.
Whether sharing a musical talent, offering healing touch therapy, softening grief with a spiritual care session, or simply being a friendly visitor by a patient’s bedside, your talents are unique to you and bring comfort into the lives of our patients and their families.
The administrative/clerical volunteers play a critical role to assist our staff with clerical tasks such as:
- data entry
- assisting with mailings
- and other light office work
After an orientation, Hospice of the Foothills will place your name on a clerical pool list and will contact you as projects arise.
Become a Trained Ambassador
Conducting outreach for Hospice of the Foothills is an extremely rewarding way to give back to the community.
Do you enjoy public speaking? Our Speakers Bureau consists of a professionally trained group of speakers who know how to deliver a meaningful message. Members of our Speakers Bureau are available to present at local organizations and businesses.
If public speaking isn’t for you, become an Ambassador for Hospice of the Foothills. It’s a wonderful way to show your support for one of the largest community nonprofit organizations by spreading the word about the benefits of choosing Hospice of the Foothills for advanced care. Become a Hospice Ambassador
Give Tours of our Compassionate Care Home
Volunteer at our Gift and Thrift Stores
Dedicating just four hours of time per week is all that is required. Our thrift store volunteers help keep customers happy and our stores stocked with desirable merchandise at bargain prices. Hospice of the Foothills Gift and Thrift stores need volunteers who can:
- Receive donations and sort merchandise
- Ring the cash register
- Assist customers in a variety of departments
- Steam clothes
- Tag clothes
- Test electrical equipment
Start your volunteer service today at a Hospice of the Foothills Gift and Thrift by calling our general manager at 530.265.6500.