For Volunteers

Center for Hospice Care is always looking for compassionate souls to join our volunteer team. Our 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.

Our needs may vary depending on the area served. It is best to call for more detailed information about the greatest needs in your area.

The following four categories are needed area-wide.

  • Home Visit Volunteer  This is our most requested volunteer opportunity (and our ongoing biggest need). These volunteers provide companionship to patients who live in their homes and respite for their caregivers.

  • Inpatient Unit Volunteer Provide support to patients and families, as well as our staff, in one of our two seven-bed inpatient facilities. (South Bend and Elkhart)
  • Extended Care Facility Volunteer Provide companionship, socialization or assist with activities for patients residing in nursing homes or assisted living communities.
  • Hospitality Volunteer  Make short visits to offer a friendly smile and deliver a small care package.
The following opportunities are needed on a more intermittent basis. They can be paired with any of the opportunities listed above to add to the volunteer role.
  • 11th Hour Volunteer Provide support on an on-call basis to patients that reside in extended care facilities and are actively dying.
  • Tuck-In Volunteer Call patients and caregivers making sure they are prepared for the weekend.
  • Complementary Comfort Care Assist patients by offering caring touch and massage.
  • Veteran Volunteer Provide companionship to fellow veterans in our care, and/or present veteran patients with a certificate and pin honoring their service to our country.
  • Hair Stylists & Barbers Provide haircuts to patients unable to leave their home.
  • Pet Visitation Pets must be licensed by a reputable organization to provide support services to patients.
  • Life Story Volunteers  Interview patients and record their life story.
  • Office Volunteer  Provide clerical assistance for a variety of activities.
  • Bereavement Volunteers  Provide emotional support through telephone contacts/notes with grieving families during the 13-month period following the death of their loved one.
 
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities  
  • Camp Evergreen Volunteer  Serve as a buddy to a child camper who has lost a loved one.
  • Special Event Volunteer Provide assistance with annual fundraising activities such as Walk for Hospice, Helping Hands Award Dinner and Bike Michiana for Hospice.
Blankets for Hospice Opportunity  
  • Blankets for Hospice  We utilize volunteer-made blankets for hospitality visits and Camp Evergreen. We are always accepting blankets. This is great for youth groups, National Honor Society projects, Scouts, sewing groups, church groups or even individuals. Do it one time or contribute on an ongoing basis.
 

Training is required (except for Blankets for Hospice and Special Events). Training is provided periodically throughout the year. On-line training is also available. Training is thorough and designed to prepare volunteers for their role.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about volunteering at Center for Hospice Care? We have your answers!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a great place to volunteer? Here is a listing of some current volunteer opportunities that are available!

Training and Education Schedule
Training and Education Schedule

The training focuses on the hospice philosophy, communication skills, spirituality, family dynamics, patient care, bereavement, and much more. Following training, volunteers will assist patients and families in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Fulton, Marshall, Starke, LaGrange, La Porte and Porter Counties with respite, transportation, laundry, errands and companionship in their homes, in Hospice House, the agency’s inpatient unit, or in nursing homes. 

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I certify that the facts contained in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any false statement, omission, or misrepresentation on this application is sufficient cause for refusal to be considered for volunteer placement. I authorize Center for Hospice Care to contact the above references.