BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer! Our agency is a fascinating place where volunteers are regarded as an integral part of the health care team. Joining our dedicated team of volunteers can be a richly rewarding experience for you.

With a sincere desire to help others, a caring spirit, and some time, you can be a valuable volunteer. Your gift of self will help support people who are experiencing their end-of-life journeys and you’ll help their families as well. There are many volunteer job categories… nearly something for everyone that would match your interests, talents, and time availability


“Nothing is stronger than the heart of the volunteer

– James Doolittle

5 REASONS TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER

  1. To provide comfort and compassion to someone when they need it most.
  2. To make someone’s last moments, their best moments.
  3. To enhance the quality of life of the patient and their family by helping to reduce caregiver stress.
  4. To have the opportunity to volunteer your time and talents in different ways.
  5. To become part of a team of people who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING

All Volunteers will be oriented on safety topics, HIPAA, OSHA, as well as general hospice and terminal illness information. Companion, Veteran, Vigil, Specialized and Bereavement Volunteers are required to complete a 12-hour training program. Some training topics include coping with grief, communication skills, spiritual care, family dynamics, and more. The training program will culminate in a special ceremony where a certificate of completion is awarded to all graduates. Veteran, Vigil and Specialized Volunteers will require at least 2 additional hours of training.

For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at mary.burkhardt@homecarematters.org or call 1-800-4NURSES.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Companion Volunteer*

Volunteers provide companionship, support and respite to patients and their families. Companion volunteers visit patients in the home and/or at facilities. Companion volunteers may also provide assistance with errands and transporting patients and family members to important appointments.

Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer*

Volunteers are military veterans who are dedicated to sitting bedside with military veteran hospice patients in the home and/or at facilities.

Vigil Volunteer*

Volunteers offer a quiet, comforting presence at the bedside of hospice patients in their last hours. Vigil volunteers also provide a They also provide comfort, reassurance and support to family members at such a delicate time.

Specialized Volunteer*

Specialized volunteers provide massage, art, music or pet therapy to hospice patients. A specialized training program must be completed in order to provide this service to our patients.

Bereavement Volunteer*

Volunteers provide support in conjunction with the Grief Counselor. They provide counseling and guidance to the family members of a lost loved one.

Marketing/Fundraising Volunteer*

Volunteers offer assistance with marketing events and/or fundraisers. Volunteers may also provide assistance in the Funnel Cake Stand.

Support Volunteer

Volunteers provide assistance and support to the office staff on administrative tasks such as record filing, data entry (computer work), mailings and making phone calls.

Special Projects Volunteer

Volunteers would help with crafts, holiday cards, gardening around the building, baking goodies for hospice events and patients.

*Volunteer is required to complete a 12-hour training program. Specialized, Vigil and Veteran volunteers require additional training.

Start making a difference today!

Download a volunteer application here.

You can mail volunteer applications:
1220 North Market St.
Galion, OH 44833

You can fax volunteer applications to:
(419) 468-9211

Have questions or concerns? Call us at 1-800-4NURSES.