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Hospice volunteer opportunities
"I feel very positive about my experiences. I look forward to my volunteer time and have enjoyed working with so many wonderful people. This has been very grounding and valuable for me."
Mary, hospice volunteer
It is the little thing we do that make the biggest impact in the lives of others. As a volunteer you will be able to leave lasting impressions on hospice patients, their family and caregivers. Build your skills or share your talents with hospice patients in a variety of volunteer opportunities and the life you change, just may be your own.
Read how hospice volunteers made a difference for Earl Hadley and his family in Margaret's story.
Become a part of our team.
Calling all veterans
To better serve veterans, we need more veterans to serve as hospice volunteers for our Vet-to-Vet program. Phil Burfeind, an Allina Health Hospice nurse and a veteran himself, knows the value of veteran volunteers.
"Many veterans experience combat duty and later harbor anxiety and guilt," said Burfeind. "Sometimes those feelins are locked inside for decades, but at the end of life they begin to surface. Having a volunteer who is a veteran and speaks the same language can be extremely helpful. We need more veterans who can serve their brothers and sisters and the end of life."
Volunteer with patients
Volunteers provide companionship and frienship to patients through a variety of activities, and respite to caregivers. Activities with patients may include helping with life reviews, memoirs, reading or listening to music together, preparing light meals, running errands, giving manicures, writing letters or making phone calls. Volunteers visit patients in private homes and residential care facilities. We provide free training, flexibility, ongoing support and education to ensure all volunteers are comfortable working directly with patients and their loved ones.
Currently we have a special need for for veterans to share their time and talents with veteran patients, and volunteers certified in massage or pet therapy to share their special talents with patients.
To become a direct patient volunteer, complete and submit the direct patient volunteer application.
Volunteer at a residential hospice
Volunteers at the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice and Homestead Hospice House play a special role with patients at the end-of-life, as well as their caregivers and family members. We are looking for friendly individuals to be the warm and welcoming face that all who enter the residence will see. Opportunities include greeting and welcoming visitors, providing information about the facility, answering phones, delivering food and other items to residents, some light cleaning and companionship for patients and families. Volunteers at the residential hospice work in four hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are available seven days a week. We provide free training, flexibility, ongoing support and education to ensure all volunteers are comfortable working directly with residential staff, patients and their loved ones.
To become a residential hospice volunteer, complete and submit the direct patient volunteer application.
Volunteer administrative talents
Volunteers help in ways that support the entire organization. Opportunities include volunteering in our St. Paul office helping out with administrative duties and can include, data entry, mailing projects, and project assembly. Scheduling for these opportunities are flexible. Other opportunities could include assistance in planning special events in our development department.
To become a support volunteer, complete and submit the support volunteer application.
Volunteer at the thrift store
The Care Connection Thrift Store, located in Glencoe Minnesota, is run entirely by volunteers to support the hospice services in the communities of Hutchinson and Glencoe. Volunteers are needed to receive, sort and price donated items, make sales, maintain merchandise displays and perform light housekeeping duties. Volunteers are needed during store hours.
To become a thrift store volunteer, pick up an application at the Care Connection Thrift Store or call 320-864-8007.
Volunteer wish list
*training not required for these volunteer opportunities
Current hospice volunteers: