Volunteer Opportunities

Hospice volunteers are ordinary people of all ages with an extraordinary love and a common bond concern for others. They contribute to the overall well being of our community one person, one family at a time. Volunteers help in many ways and are limited only by their imagination.​

Click here for volunteer requirements and here for the volunteer education schedule.​

  • Bereavement Volunteer: Provide support to grieving families via phone calls or assisting with support groups.
  • Community Outreach and Speaker’s Bureau Volunteer: Help increase public awareness about hospice and palliative care by networking, staffing information tables and providing presentations.
  • Family & Friends Volunteer: Assist patients and their families by doing simple household chores, such as laundry, yard work and light housekeeping.
  • Hospice House Volunteer: Work with staff at David Simpson Hospice House or Ames Family Hospice House, providing respite visits, socialization, participating in activities and assisting with hands on care, receptionist duties, and flower arranging.
  • Music Access Volunteer: Assist music therapists with providing music to patients and play musical instruments.
  • Navigator Volunteer: Work specifically with the Navigator Program, helping patients ‘navigate’ the healthcare system.
  • Dog Therapy Volunteer: Provide friendly visits to patients/families with your pet therapy dog. Dog needs to be Pet Therapy Certified by Delta Society or Therapy Dogs International, be current on shots and dog license, and have insurance.
  • Phone Support Volunteer: Make supportive phone calls on weekends to cardiopulmonary patients and their caregivers. Monthly check in calls to other patients.
  • Presence Volunteer: Sit with dying patients so that they are not alone, provide respite and support to families at this time.
  • Professional Volunteer: Utilize their professional skills in their volunteer work, such as lawyers, accountants, beauticians, massotherapists, nurses and notaries.
  • Receptionist Volunteer: Greet visitors and answer basic questions at any of our offices. Answer phones, transfer calls, and take messages. May help with filing, copying and faxing.
  • Resale Shop Volunteer: Work in Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Resale Shop in Lyndhurst, accepting and sorting donations, assisting customers and donors and displaying and pricing merchandise
  • Spiritual Care Volunteer: Provide spiritual care to people of all faiths or no particular faith. In most cases prospective Spiritual Care Volunteers must be active volunteers for at least six months before admittance into the Spiritual Care Volunteer program. Additional training is required.
  • Support Volunteer: Assist with clerical projects, mailings, data entry and phone support at all office locations.
  • Supportive Visit Volunteer: Interact with patients and families, providing respite and companionship, run errands, help with legacy work in their homes, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Patients may be in our hospice, in Western Reserve At Home SUPPORT or the Case Navigator Program caring for individuals with HIV.
  • Transportation Volunteer: Transport patients to medical appointments and on errands.
  • Veteran Serving Veterans Volunteer: Veterans sharing a life experience creates a feeling of camaraderie that helps establish trust. Understanding military history can be a useful tool for hospices as they try to break the silence that often surrounds the war experience, and can act as a catalyst for discussions about end-of-life preferences. Assist with/perform Veteran’s Recognition Ceremonies.
  • Volunteer Marketing Volunteer: Assist with publicizing volunteer opportunities and educational classes by researching new contacts, working with Excel spreadsheets, wed postings, and in person and phone outreach
  • Volunteer Education Volunteer: Assist with volunteer education classes. Greet volunteers and answer questions, help with tracking of volunteer paperwork and updating attendance lists on an excel spreadsheet. After additional training, present various topics if this is a volunteer interest
  • Group Helper Volunteer: Assist staff with planning and prep work for group volunteers and help supervise the volunteers on their day of volunteering. Groups may work on clerical, painting, cleaning, and gardening projects either indoors or outdoors
  • Warehouse Sale Volunteer: Preview, clean, and stage items for warehouse sales on an ongoing basis. Sales occur several times a year; work the days of sale assisting customers and packing up bought items.
  • Reiki Volunteer: Give Reiki treatments to patients/caregivers.
  • Activity Blanket Maker: Help make activity blankets for our patients with memory impairment. Cut, pin together, sew pieces of fabric and accents like lace and patches into a decorative blanket.

Hear from our volunteers about their experiences.