Volunteering Makes a Difference
Volunteers play an extremely important role in hospice work. With out them most hospices would not be able to carry on their work. In fact, hospice federal regulations require that at least 5% of patient care hours be provided by volunteers.
By volunteering for only a few hours or days a month, you can make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many of these volunteers were introduced to hospice through the death of a family member or friend and understand firsthand the value of hospice care. Volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is not about dying but about living.
To ensure that individuals are equipped for the challenge all are required to complete orientation and 30 hours of special training. Fingerprinting, reference and criminal checks are performed on all our volunteers. Volunteers are under the direction of a staff member responsible for Hospice of Hillsdale County volunteer program.
To express your interest in volunteering, contact our office at 517-437-5252.