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Are you looking for something meaningful to do with as little as one hour a week of your time? The Niagara Hospice Alliance is looking to grow the number of volunteer services provided to hospice patients. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the hospice philosophy. It is their continued support and commitment that allows a hospice plan of care to work effectively for the individual and the family. Whether it is through office help, family support, pet or music visits, family caregiver or bereavement services, or fundraising activities - each volunteer is vital to the mission of Niagara Hospice to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time - for every patient, every family, every time.

Getting Started

If you know that you would like to volunteer with our patients, you will need to complete a volunteer application attend one of our upcoming trainings. After you apply, our volunteer office will be in contact with you about upcoming training dates. If you would like to help at one of our special events or in our Memorial Gardens, please fill out and inquiry form or call us at the number below, we'd love to have your help! 

Any other questions? Call the volunteer office at (716) 280-0748 from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday.


Niagara Hospice Volunteer Services

Whatever your experience, expertise, or desire, you can help make a big difference in the lives of our patients, while changing your life. Properly trained hospice volunteers can make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families through any of the below volunteer opportunities. 

Family Support/Respite Volunteers

 

Professional/Skilled Volunteers

 

Family Support/Respite Volunteers

Provide respite for the caregiver and/or services for the patient that include visits that take place in the patient's or caregiver's home, at Niagara Hospice House, at Hospice at Jeanne's House - A Northgate and Niagara Hospice Collaboration, at David's Path - A Schoellkopf Health Center and Niagara Hospice Collaboration, and at other area long term care facilities where hospice patients reside. While visiting patients, volunteers may just talk, read the paper or a book to the patient, play cards or do other activities. They may also perform light housework or home repairs, provide transportation for shopping or medical visits for patients who are able to get out, make deliveries, or just provide a hand to hold while the family caregivers take a much deserved break.

Pet Volunteers 

Trained Niagara Hospice volunteers have certified Pet Therapy dogs able to make visits to patients at their homes. These beautiful dogs have the unique ability to brighten anyone's day!

Vigil Team Volunteers

Provide intense support, encouragement and comfort to a family when the patient's death is imminent and the caregiver fears being alone. Specially trained volunteers work in teams of two until they are comfortable providing this service alone.

Professional/Skilled Volunteers

Provide a variety of professional or technical services that support Niagara Hospice programs and clients. Hairdressers and  musicians are especially needed for our home care patients as well as volunteer drivers to help with deliveries and transportation as needed.

Veteran Volunteers

As part of the We Honor Veterans initiative with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Veteran's Administration (VA), Niagara Hospice actively recruits veterans to serve as hospice volunteers to visit patients who are also veterans. These veteran volunteers share a special and often meaningful camaraderie with their hospice patients.

Meals to Go Volunteers

Meals to Go volunteers make a direct impact on the lives of our patients by delivering meals in a hospice provided vehicle to patients with nutritional needs. Volunteers can pick up a hospice vehicle in Niagara Falls or Lockport to make deliveries of the meals to patients in their part of Niagara County. 

Bereavement and Camp Hope Volunteers

These volunteers assist our bereavement staff in a variety of tasks including clerical help and helping with Camp Hope - an annual bereavement camp for children.

Education Volunteers/Speakers Bureau Volunteers

SPEAKERS BUREAU VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT ALL  REQUIRED TO MAKE SPEECHES. Opportunities available include speaking to small and large groups, meeting community members one-on-one at health and wellness fairs, delivering education materials to area referral sources, and providing clerical help to the Public Relations Department. Volunteers can choose to participate in any one or all of these activities. A full training and shadow opportunities are provided and last until the volunteer feels comfortable with their assigned duties.

Office Support Volunteers

Administrative office volunteers (no patient/family contact) provide a variety of services that support the general operation of Niagara Hospice and the Niagara Hospice Alliance. Volunteers in the bereavement office help coordinate supportive mailings and provide general office work. Nursing office volunteers assemble admission packets, input information into the computer, file, and perform general office duties. Volunteers also assist the Niagara Hospice Alliance staff with mailings, events and other forms of fundraising.

Event Support Volunteers with Niagara Hospice Alliance

Volunteers can help the Niagara Hospice Alliance staff with annual events like Cocktails & CA$H, The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice 5K Dash, Spring Bouquet Sale, Memorial Butterfly Release, and Light-a-Life. Additionally, schools and local community groups host their own fundraisers for Niagara Hospice for which Niagara Hospice Alliance volunteers could attend as representatives of the organization.

Niagara Hospice Memorial Garden Volunteers

The Niagara Hospice Memorial Gardens are a beautiful place at Niagara Hospice where loved ones can be honored. We can always use help maintaining our gardens and volunteering in the garden can be a nice way to enjoy the outdoors while helping a great cause.