Volunteer with Niagara Hospice

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Interested in becoming a volunteer?

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.

Getting Started

If you know that you would like to volunteer with our patients, simply complete an 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!

Niagara Hospice Volunteer Services

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.

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!

Pet Peace of Mind® Volunteers

Trained Niagara Hospice volunteers with a background in pet care (veterinarian, vet tech/office worker, groomer, pet shelter worker or volunteer, etc.) to help keep beloved pets and hospice patients together.

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 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.

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.

Education Volunteers/Speakers Bureau Volunteers

Opportunities available include speaking to small groups, presenting Niagara Hospice overview to organizations, meeting community members one-on-one at health and wellness fairs, delivering education materials to area referral sources and providing clerical help to the Communications 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. 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.

Event Support Volunteers

Volunteers can help Niagara Hospice staff with annual events like Cocktails & CA$H, Hospice Gran Fondo, The Mighty Niagara Half Marathon & Hospice 5K Dash and Spring Bouquet Sale. 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.

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.

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