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Who Can Volunteer?


Who can volunteer?

There are no requirements other than a listening ear, an empathic heart, a giving hand, a confidential and supportive nature and a passion to help.

Hospice volunteers continue to amaze us with their ability to be non-judgmental, open-minded and present. 25% of our volunteers are living our mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ as Ministers of Care, individuals who have completed extra coursework to offer spiritual services to those who need it.

Patient Care Volunteers

Patient Care Volunteers visit patients at home, in the hospital, or nursing home to offer respite for caregivers and emotional support to the patients and their loved ones.  Activities may include reading to patients, helping with a hobby, listening, running errands, shopping for groceries, babysitting children or pets, and journaling.  We also provide pet, music and massage therapy upon request.

Bereavement Volunteers

These volunteers provide services to surviving loved ones of patients who were under the care of Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, or community members faced with the death of their loved ones. These volunteers serve as team callers or as outreach volunteers.

Special Projects Volunteers

Some volunteers may choose to provide valuable services in areas such as office help, bulk mailing and special events.  St. Thomas is a non-profit organization and we welcome volunteer help in all areas.

Community Liaison Volunteers

Sharing the Hospice mission and information about services to the community is another way in that volunteers help.  If you are comfortable interacting with the public at community events, this may be an area in which you can help.

Volunteer Training

Patient Care Volunteers must complete a 27-hour training that covers topics such as: Hospice Philosophy, The Scope of Loss, Cultural Diversity, Personal Death Awareness, Pain Management and Symptom Control, Reminiscence and Family Dynamics.

Community Volunteers and Office Volunteers are welcome to attend these classes, but also must complete an orientation and training of their own.  Bereavement Volunteers are expected to take the 27-hour training and an additional Bereavement Training is offered.

If you are unable to complete 27 hours of training, we are able to make a training DVD and workbook available to you to use at home at your own pace.Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-856-6998 for more information.

How do I volunteer?

Please call the Volunteer Department at 630-856-6998.  We’ll send you an application and invite you to come in for a pre-class interview.  The rest is up to you.