Whatever your experience, expertise, or desire, you can help make a big difference in the lives of our patients while enriching your own life. Properly trained hospice volunteers can make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families through any of the below opportunities.
Provide respite for caregivers and/or services for patients 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
Niagara Hospice Collaboration, at David's Path - A Schoellkopf Health Center and Niagara Hospice Collaboration, at Rebekah's Pathway - an Odd
Fellow & Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center and Niagara
Collaboration, and at other area long term care facilities
hospice patients reside. While visiting patients, volunteers may just
read the paper or a book to the patient, play cards or do other
They may also perform light housework or home repairs, provide
for shopping or medical visits for patients who are able to get out, make deliveries, or
a hand to hold while the family caregivers take a much deserved break.
Pet Visit Volunteers
Trained Niagara Hospice volunteers who have certified Pet Therapy dogs are welcome visitors to patients in their homes or at Niagara Hospice contracted residential service providers. These charming dogs have the unique ability to brighten anyone's day!
Provide intense support, encouragement and comfort to a family when the patient's death is imminent and the caregiver fears being alone or is unable to be at bedside 24/7. Specially trained volunteers work in teams of two until they are comfortable providing this service alone.
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.
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.
These volunteers assist our bereavement staff in a variety of tasks including clerical help and helping with Camp Hope - an annual weekend bereavement camp for children.
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.
Administrative office volunteers (no patient/family contact) provide a variety of services that support the general operation of Niagara Hospice. 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 staff with mailings for events and other forms of fundraising.
Volunteers can help Niagara Hospice staff with annual events like Cocktails & CA$H, Hospice Gran Fondo, 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 to benefit Niagara Hospice where volunteers are needed to attend as representatives of the organization.
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.