Volunteer FAQs

How much of a commitment is required?

We work to find the right assignment for you. Volunteers may provide service on a regular basis ranging from 1–4 hours weekly or may be involved in working to complete a one-time only assigned task.

What if I go on vacation or wish to take a leave of absence?

Vacations are encouraged; we appreciate advance notice so that we can plan accordingly. You are also welcome to take an extended leave of absence if you need a break or have family/personal matters that require more of your time.

What are the benefits of volunteering at Wings of Hope?

Volunteers are considered an essential element to the work of Wings of Hope and Hummingbird Hospice. Volunteers report a sense of personal satisfaction as they make significant contributions to both the community and patients receiving hospice care. Many volunteers state that being involved in hospice work allows them to better prioritize important aspects of their own lives.

 

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers who are at least 18 years of age may work directly with patients once they have completed the interview/ training process. They must also submit to a background check and health checks. Teens under 18 may participate if an adult chaperone accompanies them at all times; both child and guardian must complete our standard pre-service requirements, including an interview, immunizations, etc.

 

What skills do I need in order to work with patients?

The most valuable skill is the ability to listen and be non-judgmental.

 

Is it possible to volunteer for special events or fundraising efforts only?

Yes, special events are held throughout the year and event volunteers are instrumental toward their success.

 

May I volunteer with Hummingbird Hospice if I have had a recent death of a loved one?

You may need to consider taking on a non-patient volunteer role for up to a year after your loss.

 

What will the training entail?

All volunteers are required to complete hospice training, which is offered online. The training is designed for both persons who desire to be involved directly with patients or for individuals who wish to work in the office. Training topics to be covered are:

  • understanding death, dying, spirituality, and grief/loss issues

  • the hospice philosophy

  • listening skills

  • pain and symptom management of the terminally ill person

  • psychological and social issues families deal with in the care of their loved ones

 

Interested in volunteering?

Please complete the Interest Form below or send your questions to the team via email.

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