Hospice Volunteers are ordinary people doing something extraordinary. They are men and women of all ages, interests and abilities who share a common belief in the principles of hospice and a desire to help patients and families deal with life's greatest challenge. An integral part of the hospice program, volunteers bring the unique gift of themselves to support the patient and family.
Through their simple acts of personal caring and concern, hospice volunteers help provide comfort and support to enrich the end-of-life journey.
Types of Volunteers
- Patient Care Volunteers are responsible for providing non-medical support services as needed to patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital or our inpatient center. Volunteers may sit with a patient to provide respite to caregivers or run errands for the family. In additon, volunteers may read, play instruments, sing, bake, go fishing, or any other activity to provide socialization to the patient and family.
- Bereavement Volunteers may help make calls of support to the family after the death of their loved one, help with mailings, memorial services, assist with support groups or take part in the children's bereavement camp.
- Administrative Volunteers do a wide variety of tasks within the Ogeechee Area Hospice facility. Volunteers may answer the phone and direct visitors at the welcome desk or nurses station, participate in event planning, help with mailings, file and/or many other activities.
- Pet Therapy Volunteers offer their unique service with certified pet therapy animals. Volunteers and their well-trained pets visit homes, nursing homes, the inpatient setting and participate in the children's bereavement program.
- Translator Volunteers offer this important service of communicating to non-English speaking hospice patients and families.
Come Volunteer for Ogeechee Area Hospice
You must be at least 18 years of age and willing to make a commitment to our hospice program. Volunteer training is generally held twice per year, in the spring and in the fall. Volunteers must complete an application, (see the Forms and Publications section of this website), attend a personal interview, give permission for a background check and other screenings and participate in a 15-hour training course provided by Ogeechee Area Hospice.
Do you possess maturity, a non-judgmental attitude and listening skills?
Are you dependable, honest and sensitive to others needs?
Can you accept families as they are without a need to change family patterns of behavior or religion?
Do you live in our service region of Bulloch, Candler, Screven, Evans, Tattnall, Jenkins, Bryan or Emanuel Counties?
Come join us in a fulfilling and rewarding program for people in your community. Please contact Belinda Nelson our Volunteer Coordinator at 912-764-8441 for more information.