There are two types of volunteers:Patient Care Volunteers are part of a patient’s care team. They make home visits to offer companionship for patients and relief for caregivers. Examples of patient care volunteer opportunities include pet visits, reading to a patient, assisting with a hobby, listening and providing companionship.Organizational Volunteers do not work directly with patients and families. Examples of organizational volunteer opportunities include work in Sonata Hospice’s office to support our care team or help patients and families through indirect support, such as assisting with programs, creating special memories for holidays, patient birthdays and anniversaries, planting flowers or mowing a yard for a patient that is unable to continue doing so, and helping with other needs of our patients and families.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might enjoy volunteering for Sonata Hospice!
Hospice 101 is a brief introductory class for organizational volunteers, and hospice helpers. The class is also open to anyone who is interested in learning about hospice.Direct Service Training is a 20 hour program for patient support and 11th hour volunteers, it is also open to anyone who is interested in learning more about hospice.Includes the following sessions:
Patient and Family Care and Support
Volunteer is matched with a hospice patient. If the patient is at home, the volunteer will also help with the family providing a variety of supportive services.
Up to 4 hours
Volunteer will work in the office supporting the office and field staff. Opportunities include: data entry, mailings, attending health fairs and other clerical work.
Opportunities are avaiable intermittentily throughout the year. Time Commitment is flexible.
11th Hour Volunteer
Volunteer is on standby to sit with patient in their home, a skilled facility or the hospital as they transition from this life to death.
Assignments are infrequent but usually require 4 to 8 hours
Pets Visiting Patients
Volunteer and their certified therapy animal visit patient in their home or skilled facility. Visits provide social interaction, comfort and companionship.
1 to 2 times a month
Hospice Helpers or Teen Volunteers
Helpers do specific, one time assignments such as baking, sewing, gardening or cleaning. Teens must be at least 16 years old; assignments will vary.
Varies per assignment
4 to 16 hours
Represents hosice to their Church or workplace; helps with information distribution and referrals.
1 to 2 hours per month