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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
Volunteering with hospice and palliative care has many rewards for you as well as the patients and families that we serve. We offer a variety of opportunities utilizing your special talents and skills.
We rely on volunteers and need your help.
Direct patient volunteers
Volunteers visit patients in private homes and residential care facilities. They provide companionship, respite for the family, help with errands or transportation, play board games, read to patients, provide a listening ear and a friendly presence. Other duties may include helping with life reviews, memoirs, walks, meal preparation, haircuts, manicures, letter writing or phone calls. We are also looking for certified volunteers to provide massage and pet therapy. Ten hours of free training, flexibility, ongoing support and education are provided.
To become a direct patient volunteer, complete and submit the direct patient volunteer application.
Residential hospice volunteers
Volunteers at the J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice 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. Duties will 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. Three hours of on-site orientation is provided after direct patient training is completed.
To become a residential hospice volunteer, complete and submit the direct patient volunteer application.
Support 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.
Thrift store volunteers
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 thrift store hours.
If you are interested in becoming a thrift store volunteer, pick up an application at the Care Connection Thrift Store or call 320-864-8007.
Volunteer wish list
*18 hours of training not required for these volunteer opportunities
Current hospice volunteers: