Prospective Volunteers

"Volunteers are vital members of the hospice team. They bring comfort to patients and their loved ones in a variety of ways-whether at a patient's bedside or supporting the mission through administrative services. They are the heart of hospice."
-William E. Finn, President and Chief Executive Officer


It is required that a prospective volunteer wait  12 months after experiencing a significant loss before volunteering directly with patients.

Getting Started

Volunteers 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Direct Care Volunteers – Interact directly with patients and their families. Volunteers provide caring compassion by offering companionship, transporting patients to appointments or other outings, listening, playing cards, preparing meals, running errands, support the patient and their loved ones during the final hours of life's journey, staying with the patient to provide respite for the caregiver, provide friendly visits to patients and their families with your pet therapy dog, or whatever is needed to provide help and support.

Specifically Skilled Volunteers –Provide patients with services utilizing your professional license such as attorneys, hairstylists, massotherapists and notaries. Utilize your nursing degree to administer and read TB tests and facilitate Hands-On Care education.

Veterans serving Veterans Volunteer – Provide supportive visits to veterans by listening and sharing military stories and participating in Veteran's Recognition Ceremonies.

Support Volunteers - Provide invaluable assistance in an office setting, warehouse sales, resale shop and community outreach. Volunteers assemble packets, file, help with mailings, and assist with computer data entry.

Teen Volunteers – Visit with patients at our residential facilities, in their own neighborhoods at nursing homes or assisted living facilities and assist staff at other Hospice of the Western Reserve offices.

Volunteer Requirements – click here
Education Schedule – click here

To register for an upcoming volunteer education sessions or for more information about volunteer opportunities, contact:

Volunteer Administrative Office
216.486.6881 or email us at