Community Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers are vital members of our team. Whether you offer companionship and a listening ear to patients and family members, help with clerical work at one of our locations or assist at fundraising events, there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.
Community Hospice & Palliative Care volunteers are diverse and special members of our community. Our Volunteer Services department works closely with all volunteers to match their talents and skills with current needs in the best way possible.
Complete the online application.
You will be contacted by one of our volunteer coordinators, who will set up an interview with you. We ask all volunteers to provide two references. During the interview, we will share more information regarding the various volunteers opportunities we offer.
Following the interview, we will schedule a background check for you. Once you pass the background check, you will qualify to attend new volunteer orientation.
Complete the one-day new volunteer orientation. This orientation covers pain and symptom management, infectious diseases, standard health care precautions, family dynamics, spirituality and the role of the volunteer in hospice care.
Once you have completed the new volunteer orientation, you will qualify for your first volunteer assignment.
Some volunteer opportunities require additional training before you can qualify to serve in those areas. The amount and type of training varies depending on the volunteer role that interests you.
Visit our adult and pediatric patients where they receive care. You may choose to spend quality time reading with them, taking walks, writing letters or simply enjoying conversations with them. Volunteers give family caregivers an opportunity to run personal errands or take some quality respite time away from their day-to-day duties. Patient visits usually last two hours or less. We provide specialized training.
We depend on volunteers to assist with administrative duties and special project work. Those with clerical skills and interests can assist with filing, data entry, greeting visitors at our Centers for Caring, or helping out at Community Hospice Thrift Shop locations. Volunteer administrative opportunities are available throughout our service area.
Our Ambassadors represent Community Hospice & Palliative Care at various public events, such as health fairs and senior center gatherings. They present information and help educate the audience about the range of services and benefits we offer.
Volunteers can assist with a variety of events designed to support the fundraising efforts of Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation. There are fundraising events throughout the year and we depend on volunteer support for our success.
These volunteers represent Community Hospice & Palliative Care at various veterans-related events. Some visit and capture stories from area veterans, while others visit our patients who have served in the military.
Under the supervision of a Community Hospice & Palliative Care chaplain, volunteers offer supplemental spiritual support to patients and their caregivers. Spiritual care volunteers must accumulate hours as a patient/family volunteer before applying to become a spiritual care volunteer. Specialized training in the Community Hospice & Palliative Care approach to spiritual care is required.
The bereavement outreach volunteer contacts family members by telephone to offer follow-up support and information about Community Hospice & Palliative Care bereavement services, such as individual and family counseling, therapeutic support groups, workshops and grief services for children and teenagers. Bereavement volunteers work under the supervision of a volunteer coordinator and a bereavement services staff member.
Grieving the death of a loved one can be difficult, especially for a child who may feel different and alone. Camp Healing Powers can help.
This therapeutic weekend camp gives children the chance to freely express their feelings about the death of a loved one in an enjoyable and supportive environment. Volunteers assist professional our bereavement counselors with activities, such as crafts, music, games and activities of remembrance. Volunteers also assist in serving meals and with housekeeping tasks.
Since 1996, certified pet therapy teams have played an integral role on Community Hospice & Palliative Care care teams, providing benefits to patients such as reduced stress, increased sensory stimulation and relief from pain.
The Pet Peace of Mind® program ensures that Community Hospice & Palliative Care patients’ pets are getting their needs met with the same loving care their families have given them. Our Pet Peace of Mind volunteers walk dogs, provide waste clean-up, feed pets and provide transportation to veterinary visits or groomers.
Studies have shown that pets can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. To learn more about the benefits of pets in the home environment, the National Council for Aging Care has put together a helpful guide.
Volunteer your time to work on the sales floor or help with receiving and pricing of donations. We welcome groups of up to 15 people for one-time or recurring service projects. To learn more about volunteering at one of our Community Hospice Thrift Shop locations in Jacksonville and Orange Park, visit ThriftShopJax.com.