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Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are an integral part of the Seasons Hospice team, providing compassion and care when it is needed most. The heart and hands of hospice, they provide a special kind of caring to patients, families and staff through helping to make the hospice experience manageable and rewarding.

Men, women and young people of all ages provide assistance on a variety of tasks and skill levels. Many are relatives and friends of former hospice patients, who have seen the many ways hospice can help and wish to contribute to the work of hospice. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles.

Direct Care
volunteer-gardenerWorks with staff in providing supportive care and services for patients and families. These may include providing companionship, transportation, assisting with chores, running errands, or providing respite for the family caregiver.

Indirect Care
Provides supportive, non-patient based assistance at the Seasons Hospice House and may include outdoor work, hospitality, housekeeping, special events and other responsibilities.

Pet Therapy
As a volunteer therapy dog team, you and your therapy dog will visit Seasons Hospice patients in their home setting, wherever the patient calls home. Therapy dogs bring comfort, support, love and animal companionship to people of all ages. To qualify, teams must undergo a thorough testing process.

Contact Chris Humble, Director of Volunteer Services at 507-285-1930, for more information.

Bereavement Care
Provides bereavement aftercare services for family members. Assists in promoting healthy accommodation to loss through phone calls, cards, clerical support, assisting with grief support groups or providing personal support.

Office Work
Provides support and clerical assistance with filing, answering phones, computer entry and mailings.

Junior Volunteer
Provides age appropriate tasks on the Seasons Hospice House grounds under the supervision of staff or adult volunteers.

Community Volunteers
Community volunteers are non-standard volunteers (groups and individuals) who provide assistance with special projects on the Hospice House grounds and with public events.

What Do I Need to Become a Hospice Volunteer?

  • Emotional maturity and sensitivity
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to accept persons as they are
  • Flexibility and ability to work cooperatively as a team
  • Personal awareness of end-of-life transitions and the grieving process

Process and Requirements of Being a Volunteer

  • Interview with Director of Volunteer Services and completion of:
  • Ongoing education and other requirements
  • A minimum commitment of four hours monthly

Support for Volunteers

  • Monthly newsletter
  • Respite activities
  • Ongoing education
  • Volunteer appreciation events

volunteer-bakerSeasons Hospice Volunteer Training
All volunteers are required to have a basic orientation to hospice and to complete necessary paperwork requirements in order to begin volunteering as an indirect or office volunteer. Those who wish to provide direct or basic bereavement care are required to complete a three-day comprehensive training. If you are unable to attend the three day training, we can offer training to fit your schedule.

Training sessions include hospice philosophy, disease conditions, psychosocial issues, spirituality, communication, bereavement, stress management, roles of volunteers and other related topics.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Chris Humble, Director of Volunteer Services at (507) 285-1930 Ext. 1201 or by email at chumble@seasonshospice.org.