Volunteering with Providence Hospice

Volunteers are essential to the special care Providence Hospice provides. Whether a volunteer is helping families, visiting patients, consoling the bereaved or assisting with office tasks, 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 individuals 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 one to four hours a week, depending on the area of service
  • To commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer service, if possible

Learn more about our volunteering opportunities with Providence Hospice ›

How to Apply

Volunteer Training

In the Portland and Columbia Gorge areas, Providence Hospice offers a free 20-hour course. For information about what you’ll learn and when training sessions are offered, please see next training.

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.

Contact Us

Contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

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