Volunteers are a vital part of the Hospice of the Valleys team. They bring caring concern, comfort and compassion to patients and families. Volunteers can become sensitive to patients’ unique needs and are able to communicate those needs to Hospice of the Valleys’ staff.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, whether you have limited time to give or have a more flexible schedule. And, if you prefer, volunteer opportunities are available beyond working with patients and families. All volunteers support the work and purpose of Hospice of the Valleys, regardless of their specific duties.
Patient care volunteers provide companionship and emotional support to the patient and family, helping in the home and offering respite to the caregiver. Volunteers also can offer support to grieving families through telephone calls, notes or personal visits, shopping, cooking and cleaning.
For patients living in a facility that have no family, or no one in the area, who are in their final hours. Hospice of the Valleys is committed to ensure that no one on our service dies alone.
Before completing a Teen Volunteer Application, teens are required to contact Volunteer Coordinator Chrisy Lawless at (951)200-7800 to set up an interview. The Volunteer Coordinator will fill you in on all the steps you need to take to become a Teen Volunteer. Click here to download the teen volunteer application.
Volunteers with expertise in language interpretation, music or other areas may share their specialties with patients and families. Those who are licensed professionals in pet therapy and music therapy can also give of their talents to Hospice of the Valleys.
Memory Bears are available to families of the patients we have served. Memory Bears are made from an article of clothing dear to the patient or family. They come lovingly wrapped in a beautiful crocheted or knitted blanket. Small heart pillows are available if preferred.
Volunteers assist in the office by providing help with special projects, mailings and administrative support.
Hospice of the Valleys representatives are often invited to speak to worship communities, civic groups and other gatherings. Experienced volunteers assist with community education and public speaking.
Volunteers help with memorial services, fundraising events, conferences, seminars and other special events.
Hospice of the Valleys volunteers must complete a 15 hour intensive training program which is available online or at our office. Volunteers gain valuable in-depth knowledge and understanding of the hospice philosophy and concept of care. Hospice always has the need for volunteers in patient care, bereavement, office, sewing projects and fundraising.
For upcoming volunteer training, please contact Chrisy Lawless, Volunteer Coordinator, at 951-200-7800 or e-mail clawless@hovsc. Click here to download the adult volunteer application or teen volunteer application.