Overview

Volunteers are essential to the special care Providence Hospice provides. Whether a volunteer is helping families, visiting patients, consoling the bereaved or helping at the office, each contributes greatly to the quality of life for the people we serve.

If you enjoy the following activities, you may get a lot of satisfaction from being a hospice volunteer:
  • Listening
  • Sharing a story
  • Sharing a laugh
  • Sitting quietly at a bedside
  • Helping with household tasks
  • Providing office support
  • Spending time with wonderful people

Qualities of a hospice volunteer 
Providence Hospice volunteers are compassionate men and women who want to make a difference in the lives of people who are approaching the end of life. Important qualities for hospice volunteers include:

  • Emotional stability
  • Dependability
  • Patience
  • Good listening skills
  • Adequate resolution of past losses

We recommend that you wait at least one year following the death of a loved one before volunteering with hospice.

Volunteer commitment
We ask that volunteers make these commitments:

  • To contribute up to four hours a week, depending on the area of service.
  • To commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer service.

Volunteer training
In the Portland area, Providence Hospice offers the Community Hospice Training Program, a free 28-hour course, several times each year. For information about what you’ll learn and when training sessions are offered, please see next training.

For people in Clackamas County who wish to volunteer, training is offered twice a year, in the spring and fall. The 30-hour course is held in Oregon City on Tuesdays and Thursdays over a period of six weeks. Instructor consent is required; please contact Marianne Wille at 503-215-3978 for more information.

In the southern Oregon area, to become a hospice volunteer you must first attend the volunteer training of approximately 28 hours. Contact our southern Oregon volunteer coordinator at 541-732-6532 to learn more.

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