Community Hospice Training Program Schedule

Providence Hospice offers a free comprehensive course of training to prepare people who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers.

Schedule of training sessions
Volunteers must attend all of the classes in their training sessions. All sessions located in Portland.

WINTER 2015 (6-day training)

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 and Thursday Jan. 29 (12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Thursday Feb. 5 (12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Jan. 31 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Patient Care Day, may end by 4 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Feb. 7 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - includes Agency Orientation)

SPRING 2015 (4-day training from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • Friday, April 10 and Saturday April 11 (Patient Care Day)
  • Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17

SUMMER 2015 (4-day training 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 (Patient Care Day)
  • Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10

FALL 2015 (4-day training 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 (Patient Care Day)
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Oct. 30

Dates may be subject to change.

What do hospice volunteers do?
Hospice volunteers help people who are facing terminal illness. The training course covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss.

Volunteers serve in many different areas, including respite care; bereavement; Me Too – a children’s grief support group; oncology; community education; and program support.

Hospice volunteers are especially needed in east Multnomah County, Gresham, Molalla, Beaverton and Hillsboro. Applicants with fluency in Spanish and Russian are especially encouraged to apply.

What are the requirements?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. No previous hospice experience is required. Following training, volunteers are asked to commit four hours a week for a year. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call a Providence Hospice volunteer coordinator at 503-215-4944 (east) or 503-291-6621 (west).