Volunteer with Niagara Hospice
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Are you looking for something meaningful to do with as little as one hour a week of your time? 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.
If you know that you would like to volunteer with our patients, simply complete a volunteer application to attend one of our upcoming trainings. After you apply, our volunteer office will contact you about upcoming training dates. If you would like to help at one of our special events or in our Memorial Gardens 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.
Whatever your experience, expertise, or desire, you can help make a big difference in the lives of our patients while enriching your own life. 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 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.
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.Bereavement and Camp Hope Volunteers
These volunteers assist our bereavement staff in a variety of tasks including clerical help and helping with Camp Hope - a bereavement program 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.