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Volunteers are the Heart of the Hospice Team

At the very core of hospice are it’s dedicated volunteers. Hospice volunteers share a common bond of loyalty and compassion, a commitment to excellent care and a profound respect for the choices and comfort for patients and their families at a time when it is needed most. Volunteers serve as members of the hospice team as non-paid employees, providing hundreds of hours of patient care. Most importantly, volunteers give the patient the freedom to stay in the comfort of their own home.

Volunteer opportunities:
  • Provide emotional support and companionship
  • Provide a listening ear
  • Read, write letters, play cards, listen to music
  • Run errands
  • Help maintain Hospice Memorial Garden
  • Assist with Camp Rainbow of Hope
  • Provide clerical, administrative, and fundraising support

Why become a volunteer?
Perhaps you know you have a special gift that you can use to bring comfort and peace  to patients and families when they need it most. Perhaps you believe dying is not a scary thing, but a beautiful journey. Perhaps you have a compassionate heart and the willingness to listen.

Volunteers are well-prepared as they learn...
Hospice volunteers initial training can be completed as a home study program at your convenience. This training helps you to get a greater understanding of the compassion needed when caring for someone who is dying. Volunteers also attend other training throughout the year to keep them abreast of how to be a hospice volunteer and to provide skills needed to be in a home. This training also provides the opportunity to speak with other volunteers.

Hospice volunteers make a difference:
Volunteering with Oswego County Hospice can be a truly rewarding experience. If you are interested in becoming a part of our dedicated team, please call us at 315-349-8259 or fill out this application 
and email to betty.dunsmoor@oswegocounty.com.