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:
  • Listening
  • Sharing a story
  • Sharing a laugh
  • Playing games or cards
  • Sitting quietly at a bedside
  • Helping with household tasks
  • Serving a meal
  • Providing office support
  • Spending time with wonderful people
  • Community education
  • Being a part of a dynamic team

then you would enjoy being a hospice volunteer!

Qualities
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

It is recommended that a person wait at least one year following the death of a loved one before volunteering with hospice.

Volunteer commitment

  • Contribute up to four hours a week, depending on the area of service.
  • 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 the trainings please see next training.
Topics include:

  • Introduction to hospice
  • Diseases that patients face
  • Effective communication
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Spiritual care giving
  • Understanding loss
  • Family dynamics

Additional training and conference opportunities are available.

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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