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.
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
Niagara Hospice Collaboration, at David's Path - A Schoellkopf Health Center and Niagara Hospice 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.
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!
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.