Individual Volunteer FAQ
How much of a time commitment is volunteering for Companion Hospice?
There is a 10-14 hour commitment for the mandatory training, depending on what activity you volunteer for. Apart from that, the amount of time you want to give is completely up to you.
How old do I have to be to volunteer with Companion Hospice?
We strongly recommend that volunteers be 16 years or older. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be supervised directly by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers 16-18 years of age will be required to have a permission waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and work under the direct supervision of a Companion Hospice staff member.
What is required to be a volunteer for Companion Hospice?
Each candidate must have a valid driver’s license, proof of car insurance, submit to a criminal background check as well as an annual TB skin test (administered free of charge by Companion Hospice nurses). In addition, each candidate will be personally interviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator and will need to provide at least two personal references.
Will I be asked to do something I may not want to do?
We always accept a “No” from our volunteers. We try to assign volunteers to families/activities that match based on volunteer’s abilities and interests. Volunteers offer what they can for their families.
Are there other volunteer activities that I can be a part of other than patient visits?
YES! The list of possibilities is literally endless. If there is anything that you like doing, chances are you can volunteer that activity to benefit someone else. We are always in need of administrative and office support, trained and certified pet therapy, photography, music, talking on the phone, gardening, bird watching, flower arranging, games and recreation-just about ANYTHING you like doing!
I work during the day. Are there still options available for me to volunteer with Companion Hospice?
Yes. Some of our families need and actually prefer visits in the evening or on the weekend. We also have other projects that can be done after hours or on weekends.
I recently lost a loved one. Should I get involved in hospice volunteering?
It is probably a good idea to wait six months-to-a year after a significant loss before volunteering for hospice. Use this time for your own grieving and healing.