Administrative volunteers provide support in the office by helping with filing, preparing mailings, computer input, answering the phones and assisting with special projects.
Trained patient-care volunteers visit patients and families to provide art therapy, aroma therapy and Reiki.
Direct Patient Care
Trained volunteers visit or telephone patients and families at home, in the nursing homes, assisted living facilities or inpatient units.
Student interns from colleges, universities, technical schools and community organizations often need on-the-job experience to complete their educational requirements. Some examples are students in social work, counseling, chaplaincy, nursing, physician assistants, business schools, massage therapy, community job programs, etc.
Trained bereavement volunteers assist survivors through visits, phone calls, co-leading support groups, creating memorial services and sending bereavement mailings.
Trained patient-care volunteers provide hair cuts, shampoos and styling to VITAS patients and families. The hair care volunteers must have a current cosmetology license.
Life Reminiscence/Legacy Volunteers
Trained patient-care volunteers provide friendly visiting in person and over the phone to help the patient reminiscence about his or her past. Volunteers can also document the patient’s life story as a legacy to the family by using audio, video or written formats.
Trained patient-care volunteers provide friendly touch and massage to comfort and support patients and families. They must have a current massage license.
Memory Bear Makers
These volunteers sew memory bears from VITAS patient’s clothes to provide comfort and support to the family. The volunteer must have basic sewing skills. No additional VITAS orientation needed.
Trained patient-care volunteers provide support to the patient and family by singing or playing a musical instrument.
Paw Pals Program
Screened and trained pets and their volunteer handlers visit patients and provide socialization, comfort, life review, etc.
These volunteers provide comfort and support by taking professional pictures of the patient and family. The photography volunteer will provide a picture CD to the family.
Volunteers support patients and their families with spiritual issues that arise at the end of life, such as meaning, faith, life review, issues related to loss, loneliness, etc.
TAP (Telephone Assurance Program)
These volunteers make supportive phone calls to bereaved persons or make check-in calls to patients and their families.
Volunteers trained in the special end-of-life needs of military veterans assist with replacing lost medals, linking veterans to VA benefits, performing life review, visiting on Veteran’s Day, educating veteran’s organizations about hospice care, etc.
As you can see, volunteers help patients and families in many ways. You can volunteer at the bedside, from your home or in our office. We are very flexible, and your volunteer work will fit around your school, work or personal schedule.
- Administrative Support
- People Skills
- Hospice Care
- Data Entry
- Music Therapy
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- at least 2 hours or more a month