Volunteers are the heart of hospice and play a vital role in the total care of the patient, with the assistance of the interdisciplinary team. This team consists of nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, and the bereavement coordinators.
Gateway staff and volunteers enable patients and family members to embrace life to the fullest extent. In the comfort of a patient's residence, whether in a home or in a facility, volunteers offer a listening ear or a gentle hand to enhance the well-being of patients. They also render critical support "behind the scenes."
Patient and Family Support- Friendly visitors provide socialization- perhaps by reading aloud, playing cards, praying, singing songs, or sharing reminiscences. The offer relief-sitting for caregivers and pet therapy.
Caring Companion- Companion volunteers offer additional support when family members are out of the area and a patient had expressed concern over dying alone, or when a patient has a change in location or condition. These volunteers are critical to impacting the quality of life to those we serve.
Special Projects/Special Events- Creative volunteers make crafts, greeting cards, or lap blankets for patients. Some assist in events such as our memorial services.
Community Education- These volunteers distribute flyers during community outings and senior fairs, as well as provide information and presentations to civic organizations.
Office Support- Clerical volunteers answer the telephone, make photocopies, file documents, or prepare bulk mailings.
We are looking for volunteers all over the Greater Pittsburgh Region- including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington & Westmoreland counties. Gateway will work with you to accomodate your specific volunteer talents and interests.
There are many ways to use your talents and lend a hand to those in-need. Training is provided at you convenience.
- Administrative Support
- General Education
- Family Therapy
- Elder care
- Bereavement Support
- Hospice Care
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Minimum of 2-4 hours per month
- TB test