Hospice program volunteering

Patient companion volunteers
Seventeen-hour training required
These volunteers visit patients at home and provide short relief periods for the family.

William J. Riley Memorial Residence volunteers
Patient companion training required
Volunteers at the Riley Residence, our eight-bedroom inpatient facility, assist with meal preparation, companionship visits, greeting visitors, answering telephones and other household duties. Help especially is needed weekends and evenings in four-hour shifts.

Vigil volunteers
Patient companion training plus four hours additional training required
These individuals stay at the bedside of those patients who would otherwise be alone during the last hours of life.

Bereavement volunteers
Seventeen-hour patient companion training plus four-hour grief training required
This group maintains contact with hospice families, either through personal visits or regularly scheduled telephone calls throughout the grieving process.

Office volunteers
Hospice 101 required
These volunteers give many hours of assistance in our hospice office providing much needed clerical help.

Community relations volunteers
Training provided
These men and women are members of our Speaker’s Bureau, presenting hospice information to various local clubs, groups and organizations.

CVPA Tree Decorating
Volunteers meet to plan the theme for the Christmas tree at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, shop for decorations and help decorate the tree on the Monday after Thanksgiving, and take the tree down after the New Year.

Closely Knitters
This group of volunteers knit or crochets prayer shawls.  They provide their own yarn and patterns for their projects and work independently at home as they pray or think supportive thoughts for the hospice patients who will receive their shawls.

Let’s Celebrate Volunteer
Volunteer bakers spread good wishes and cheer by making birthday and anniversary cakes for Hospice patients and their spouses.  Hospice workers deliver the cakes when they make their regular visits.

Friends of Hospice
An independent membership organization of volunteers who work on a variety of events and projects to raise funds for Hospice of the Calumet Area. Click here to find out more.