Volunteer with Niagara Hospice

The Power of ONE - learn how just one hour a week can change your life - and touch the lives of many Niagara Hospice patients

Are you looking for something meaningful to do with one hour a week of your time? Have a friend or family member who would want to share the experience with you? Know of a church or service group looking for a project? Consider The Power of ONE with Niagara Hospice and the Niagara Hospice Alliance!

The Niagara Hospice Alliance is looking to grow the number of volunteer services provided to hospice patients and is recruiting dedicated and compassionate individuals looking for fulfilling volunteer experiences that truly make a difference - qualities all hospice volunteers are known for.

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 are interested in volunteering with Niagara Hospice in any capacity that does not involve direct patient care and would like more information, feel free to fill out an inquiry form and a volunteer department coordinator will contact you soon to answer any questions you may have. 

If you know that you would like to volunteer with direct patient care, you will need to complete a volunteer application and attend one of our monthly volunteer training sessions or contact the volunteer office at (716) 280-0748 from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday.


Niagara Hospice volunteer Mary Irwin casts her line with hospice patient Ulace Ealy during a fishing outing.

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

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.

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.