Volunteer

Caregiver

 

Volunteers are an essential part of hospice care, providing a variety of services for our patients, families and staff. Volunteering is a rewarding way to serve your community. It challenges your spirit, fills your heart and enriches your life. As a hospice volunteer, you’re sure to meet extraordinary people who will share their incredible journeys with you.

We all have needs. Yours may be a renewed sense of purpose, a quest for spirituality or possibly work to fill idle moments. Maybe it’s the opportunity to touch someone on a heartfelt level and be touched in return. Tell us what you’re looking for, and we’ll help you find it.

Contact Terry Phelps, Volunteer Coordinator at 707-263-6270 ext. 136 or tphelps@lakecountyhospice.org.

Download Volunteer Application Form (PDF)

Here are some of the ways that you can volunteer

Hospice Volunteers

A Visit Means So Much

Patient Support Volunteers

Providing support to patients and their loved ones is an incredibly rewarding experience. There are many ways you can offer assistance.

  • Companionship – A comforting, compassionate presence is a powerful thing. Visit to share stories, read to the patient, work on legacy projects, or just provide a quiet presence.
  • Relief for caregivers – Provide a much-needed break for a loved one caring for a patient.
  • Special services – Sometimes needs come up that are outside the “norm” of companionship and caregiver relief. You can run an errand, pick up some groceries, walk a dog, or help with other tasks, as appropriate.

Counselor w childBereavement Volunteers

As a Bereavement Volunteer you would be assisting family and friends after the death of a loved one by supporting them as they move through the grieving process. This is accomplished through:

  • Visits and phone calls
  • Facilitation of bereavement support groups
  • Participating in the Wings of Hope children’s bereavement camp program

Thrift Store Volunteers

Join an awesome team of volunteers at one of Hospice Services of Lake County’s three Thrift Stores. Some of their duties (besides having fun) include:Thrift store volunteer

  • Sorting, organizing and pricing donated items
  • Maintaining a clean and organized shopping area
  • Setting up and maintaining merchandise displays
  • Cashiering and assisting customers with their questions and purchases

Clerical/Administrative Volunteers

Would you be more comfortable assisting our staff in the office? We would love to have you help our staff withconfident senior businesswoman

  • Data entry or clerical work
  • Answering phones
  • Preparing mailings and newsletters
  • Organizing supplies
  • Assisting with volunteer trainings

Pet Therapy Volunteers

Mature woman with dog.Pet therapy has been shown to reduce loneliness, depression, stress, and isolation while promoting relaxation and lifting spirits. Hospice Services of Lake County uses Certified Service Dogs to connect with patients on a very special level. If you have a Certified Service Dog and you and your dog would like to visit hospice patients, please contact us about becoming a pet therapy volunteer.  Certified Service Dogs of all sizes are welcome.

 

Professional Volunteersfemale Nurse massaging foot of a patient

Volunteer Professionals work closely with the staff to assist with intermittent needs of patients and families. Professionals, such as massage therapists, musicians, hair stylists, barbers, counselors, and lawyers,  can offer their talents and skills in support of patients and families at a critical time when help is really needed. Are you available a few times throughout the year to help?

Student Volunteers

We welcome students who need community service hours.

Jan Stewart makes Memory Bears

Jan Stewart makes Memory Bears

Special Project Volunteers  

Do you sew, quilt, crochet, knit or do any type of crafts? Create special items such as blankets, prayer shawls, knitted caps, lap robes, fidget aprons and memory bears to bring warmth and comfort to our hospice patients and their families.

 

 

Hospice Volunteer Training

Volunteers will receive free training to prepare them for the volunteer activity of their choice.

What we’re looking for in a volunteer

Although volunteers with special skills and training are always welcome, no experience is necessary. The main qualities we’re looking for in volunteers are compassion, dependability, commitment, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. If this is you, we would love to have you join our valued volunteer team!

Patient Support and Bereavement Volunteer Training 
Orientation 
Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm 

Training-Part 1 
Saturday, March 18, 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Training-Part 2
Saturday, March 25, 9:00 am-4:30 pm

 

Location:  Hospice Services Administrative Office in Lakeport
The training is free and lunch will be provided both days 

To register  or for more information contact:
Terry, Volunteer Coordinator 
263-6270 Ext. 136 or tphelps@lakecountyhospice.org


 

 

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Volunteer service is at the heart of what Hospice Services of Lake County offers to families. Volunteers are understanding listeners who, like a good neighbor, extends a helping hand and provides support and companionship.  In practical terms they might run to the store to pick up needed groceries, take the dog for a walk, or read a book to the patient to name but a few tasks.  Sometimes their presence allows the caregiver much needed respite to take a few hours for themselves.

Hospice Services of Lake County is currently looking for compassionate men and women who have two to four hours a week to share with our families.  We welcome anyone who is interested in working with our clients within Lake County.  We have special needs for volunteers from Clearlake and Clearlake Oaks at this time.  We also need volunteers who are bi-lingual (Spanish/English), Veterans or have experience with recovering from addiction.  We ask that individuals make a one year commitment.

This vital service requires a 16 hour orientation and training.  Drug testing, a background check and TB test are all prerequisites for our volunteer position at no cost to you.  Please fill out an application and call for an interview.  Training dates are to be announced.

Download Volunteer Application Form (PDF)

707-263-6270 ext. 136

“Plan on joining us and learn what a meaningful experience volunteering can bring to your life.” – Terry Phelps, Volunteer Coordinator

“Helping with clerical projects in the office gives me a chance to meet other volunteers and I know my work is important.”  -Linda B., Volunteer

“Me and Jake meet a lot of people. We always leave them with big smiles on their faces. Jake gets most of the credit.”  – Bill K. and Jake, 2 Volunteers