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In your communityThroughout 10-county area in northern ILBarrington, IL 60010


Volunteer in your community and set your own schedule! JourneyCare is looking for volunteers with certified pet therapy dogs who can visit periodically with hospice patients.

JourneyCare supports residents throughout a 10 county area in northern Illinois; our patients live in their own own homes (private residences and/or senior living communities) or they may be temporarily receiving care at one of our five Hospice CareCenters (Arlington Heights, Barrington, Chicago, Glenview and Woodstock).

We occasionally receive a request from a patient's nurse or social worker seeking a volunteer who can make a friendly visit with their therapy dog. JourneyCare's volunteer team includes a number of therapy dogs (certified through Therapy Dogs International) but we're seeing more requests than ever. And it's our goal to make every moment count and often a simple thing like a visit from a four-legged friend can make someone's day so much better!

The volunteer-pet team is often called "Care Companions," and they're simply friends who visit (on a routine or occasional basis) with someone receiving hospice care. They provide companionship, emotional support, and, above all, offer a presence, an ear to listen to stories and an understanding smile. Each volunteer does not provide hands on medical care--they're simply a friend because often our patients feel lonely and isolated!

Again, JourneyCare's service area includes 10 counties. Please join us at one of our monthly volunteer orientations to learn more; we offer these sessions 2-3 times a month throughout northern Illinois.

Each orientation covers the following: Hospice 101, Overview of JourneyCare, Our Services & How You Can Help, Boundaries & Confidentiality, Communication, and Documentation. You will also have an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a panel of current JourneyCare Volunteers. And after the training we also require some online courses, which will help you to feel more prepared for this role.

Please fill out our volunteer application and register for this training here: http://journeycare.org/volunteer/apply-volunteer/

Call Amy O'Donnell, Lead Volunteer Coordinator, at 224-407-7124 with any questions.


  • People Skills
  • Animal Therapy
  • Hospice Care
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test - 2-step; Therapy Dogs International Certification
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