Volunteers Are the Heart of Hospice
Hospice of Northwest Ohio volunteers represent all ages and life experiences. They are drawn to hospice work for a variety of reasons, but the characteristics that define and unite them are compassion and the desire to help others. Their many skills are matched to important tasks within our Mission.
Although volunteers are sometimes called upon for unique, one-time special projects, the greatest need is for those who work directly with patients. Responsibilities generally fall within the following categories:
- Home Care Volunteers - provide respite for caregivers, companionship for the patient and other support as needed.
- Extended Care Facility Volunteers - visit facilities at a scheduled time to provide companionship for the patient and enhance their daily living.
- Inpatient Care Volunteers - schedule a specific time weekly to visit patients and participate in a variety of supportive activities to enhance the daily lives of patients living in the Hospice Centers, and provide assistance to the staff who are providing care.
- Bereavement Volunteers - follow up by phone with bereaved family members to explain our bereavement support opportunities.
- Transportation Volunteers - assist in transporting family members to the Centers for visits or for other special needs as they arise.
Threshold Choir Volunteers - comprised of female singers that sing at the bedside of Hospice of Northwest Ohio patients and families who may be struggling at the end of life. These volunteers visit in small groups and sing from a variety of songs that include rounds, lullabies, hymns or choral music. This volunteer opportunity allows female volunteers to share the sacred gifts of their voices at life’s thresholds.
We Honor Veterans Volunteers - sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Volunteers assist with military veteran pinning ceremonies recognizing service and, when appropriate, are paired up with veteran patients to enhance their end-of-life experience and provide support for the unique needs veterans may experience on their journey.
Teen Volunteers - add a wonderful inter-generational component to the care provided to patients and families at the Hospice Centers. They visit with patients, assist staff and help visitors and families in a variety of ways.
There are, at times, special requests for administrative, gardening or speaking volunteers. As these needs arise, staff will contact volunteers and explain the project.
Please Join the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Team!
If you are an adult…
Please click on "Adult Volunteers" to learn more about volunteer training.
If you are a high school student…
Please click on "Teen Volunteers" to learn more about volunteer training.