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Be a part of our circle through volunteering

Have you ever wondered if you’d enjoy volunteering for a hospice organization? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you have a talent or a skill that might help someone else? Or have you been wondering how you might add more meaning to your life? When you volunteer for Hospice of the Panhandle, know you are making a difference while touching the lives of many others. All volunteer positions require 14 hours of training.

Volunteer opportunities

There are many different volunteer opportunities available depending on your interest and availability. Do you have a unique skill or talent that might be useful to hospice patients and families? Let us know and we’ll see how we can work together! All volunteer positions require 14 hours of volunteer training.

Patient support volunteers

  • Help hospice patients and their families by making friendly visits and respite visits
  • Provide transportation for a patient
  • Provide 11th-hour comfort at the patient’s bedside
  • Patient support volunteers do not provide any personal care to patients

Organizational volunteers

  • Provide support for hospice staff in one of our offices or Inpatient Facility
  • May assist with filing, data entry, making phone calls, putting together packets, etc.

We Honor Veterans volunteers

  • Military veterans who reach out to hospice patients who are also veterans
  • They may visit with veteran patients
  • Recognize veteran patients for their service
  • Perform honor ceremonies at the Inpatient Facility

Legacy volunteers

  • Help patients and families by creating lasting memories with them
  • Might sew stuffed bears or make other crafts out of patients’ clothing or other items
  • May help a patient write letters to their loved ones, and
  • May assist with video or audio recording of patients talking to their loved ones
  • We’re always looking for new ideas, talents and opportunities to offer to patients and families

Fundraising and public events volunteers

  • Help with fundraisers to benefit Hospice of the Panhandle
  • Represent Hospice of the Panhandle at other public events, such as health fairs and charity fairs

Professional services volunteers

  • Individuals who are licensed or certified to offer a service, such as haircuts, massage therapy, pet therapy and more
  • Must be currently licensed or certified in the state of West Virginia

Volunteer training

We want to equip you to get the most out of your volunteer experience and to provide the best support for hospice patients and their families! To do that, all volunteers are required to complete our 14-hour training program. It also is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about hospice and there is no cost to participate. In addition to explaining the history and philosophy of hospice, sessions will be held on the following topics:

  • Death and dying
  • Family dynamics
  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Spirituality
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Volunteerism
  • Documentation
  • Stress management
  • Infection control, HIPAA, sexual abuse and safety

Completion of the training does not obligate anyone to become a volunteer.

Become a volunteer

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Hospice of the Panhandle volunteer, please contact our volunteer services manager.

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