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Hospice Volunteers - Companionship, Pet Therapy, Music Therapy - Galloway Township

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Ascend Health

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Ascend Hospice is looking for individuals who are willing to share some of their time in bringing a little joy to others who are now at the end of their lives. All of us have gifts to share. Whether it be offering companionship by conversation, holding someone's hand, playing music, reading to them or just making them feel special. We ask you to share an hour or two a week, more if you're able to provide comfort and caring to those who will provide you with much more than you will ever imagine.
We will provide hospice training and volunteer background check.
Volunteers are required to follow CDC guidelines, be compliant with Ascend Hospice policies, practices and facility requirements for infection control. At this time, we require volunteers: To be fully Covid-19 Vaccinated, Up-to-date TB tested/screened, DailyCovid-19 self-screened. We provide all required PPE and volunteer training!

Volunteer Opportunities:
Companionship Volunteers work directly with patients providing companionship, offering friendly visits, reading to patients, writing letters, offering a gentle touch or sharing a quiet moment.

Ascend Hospice is seeking certified Reiki, massage therapy and/or reflexology practitioners to serve our end of life population in finding comfort, relaxation and peace during their final time with us. These practices have proven to be beneficial during end-of-life care assisting with anxiety, emotional release and general comfort which is instrumental to patients and their families. Certification is required and hospice training is provided.

Pet Therapy Volunteers provide companionship from our certified therapy dogs. Pet therapy provides numerous benefits like encouraging movement and physical stimulation and it provides mental benefits like socialization, mental stimulation, companionship, and unconditional love. Please consider sharing your loving pet with us and bring some much needed smiles. Pets must be certified as therapy animals by an organization like TDI Therapy Dogs International- see website here or in South Jersey - Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs - see website here

Music Volunteers are volunteers who specialize in sharing songs or instrumental music with patients and their loved ones. Whether the Music Volunteer is sharing an existing musical skill or playing music via the radio or digital device, the goal is to enhance the quality of life of our patients. Often, regularly scheduled visits are requested, however Music Volunteers may also be asked to provide musical visits on an occasional basis for one patient/family or for a group of patients at a facility as outreach for the local hospice agency. Hospice is built on the philosophy that we care for our patients in mind, body and soul.

Bereavement Volunteers offer support to the families of patients who have passed. During the grieving process the bereavement volunteer can be a valuable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network. They often make phone calls to check up on family members and also send cards of comfort and care.

For more information about our free volunteer training and available opportunities, call our Volunteer Department or visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you!

Please do not contact me with unsolicited services or offers.

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About Ascend Health


1600 St. Georges Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065, US

Mission Statement

Ascend Healthcare believes in providing compassionate care and preserving quality of life for all patients at every stage of illness or injury. Our goal is to relieve the patients burden and ease stress with integrity and compassion, through hospice services. We embrace a holistic and personalized approach, as we care for the whole person, mind, body and spirit.


Founded in 1995, Ascend Healthcare is a non-denominational, multi-cultural hospice and palliative care provider. We believe that hospice services should reflect the life we live - fully with dignity and grace. Our hospice team offers comfort and care at the most sensitive time.

Ascend Healthcare serves all counties throughout the state of New Jersey including: Atlantic County, Bergen, Cape May, Burlington, Camden, Essex County, Hudson County, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset County, and Union Counties.

Can you spare 1-3 hours a week? If so, we are looking for you!
Companionship Volunteers- can you make a phone call or make a card?
Certified Reiki, massage therapy and/or reflexology practitioners
Pet Therapy Volunteers. Your pet must be certified as a therapy animals by an organization
Music & Memory Volunteers

ALL Volunteers are required to follow CDC guidelines, be compliant with Ascend Hospice policies, practices and facility requirements for infection control.
At this time, we require volunteers: to be fully Covid-19 Vaccinated, up-to-date TB tested and to COVID-19 daily self-check.
We provide all required Personal Protective Equipment and volunteer training!

If you would love to make someone smile, we'd like to hear from you!

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We'll work with your schedule.


22 W Jimmie Leeds RdGalloway Township, NJ 08205



  • Hospice Care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • String Instrument




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-3 hours per week
  • Pets must be certified and have updated rabies vaccination

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