Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Providence Hospice. Find an opportunity that best suits you, from providing respite care to a patient's loved ones to pet services to massage therapy.

Learn more about volunteering with Providence Hospice, including volunteer commitment, how to apply and training information.

Hospice Animal Assisted Activity Volunteer

People that are interested in volunteering with their animal in our Animal Assisted Activities program are required to be certified by the Pet Partners program. Volunteers with their pets are assigned by the volunteer coordinator to provide comfort and support to hospice patients. Volunteers must complete hospice training and orientation and must undergo a screening process, including a criminal record check.

For information about the orientation program, please call the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Bereavement Volunteer

Bereavement volunteers act as part of the Providence Bereavement Services staff by contacting survivors of hospice patients after the death. They provide a listening ear, emotional support and report possible complicated grief reactions to the bereavement staff. Bereavement volunteers might also assist with community-related hospice events.

To learn more, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Facility Specialist Volunteer

Hospice facility specialist volunteers are assigned to visit hospice patients in selected care facilities. The facility specialist is assigned to a specific facility as a hospice representative as well as to our patients who live there. They will maintain a dual focus as a supportive visitor to both the staff and the hospice patients.

To learn more, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Hospital Service Volunteer

Hospice-trained volunteers in hospital service seek to support the patients, visitors and personnel of the department in a way that exhibits the hospice philosophy of comfort and dignity. Volunteers assist the department personnel as requested and may be asked to be of support to family members.

To learn more, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Massage Therapy Volunteer

Providence Hospice massage therapy volunteers are assigned by the volunteer coordinator and provide physical and emotional support to terminally ill hospice patients through ongoing massage visits. Massage volunteers must be licensed massage therapists or physical therapists in the state of Oregon. Volunteers must complete a 32-hour training and orientation program and must undergo a screening process, including a criminal record check. 

For information about the orientation program, please call the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.


Hospice Patient Pet Services Volunteer

Volunteers who serve in this area are part of the Pet Peace of Mind program.They are assigned to visit patients who have pet care needs. A volunteer servicing in this area understands the dynamics of pet ownership, including basic pet responsibility and health care. Volunteers may take the pet for a walk and/or assist with feeding and cleaning.

To learn more, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Program Support Volunteer

Hospice Program support volunteers act on the direction of the volunteer coordinator or other hospice staff member to provide assistance with office functions and special projects that support patient and program needs.

To learn more, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Respite Volunteer

Providence Hospice respite volunteers provide comfort and companionship to terminally ill patients so that exhausted family caregivers can take a break. In one-on-one time with a patient in their home setting, you might read a book aloud, reminisce about the past, help make lunch, assist to the bathroom, laugh and cry together, or simply sit quietly and provide supportive presence. Each patient is unique; each volunteer assignment is different; but every patient and every assignment will touch your heart and bring something special into your life. 

Volunteers must complete a 32-hour training and orientation program and must undergo a screening process, including a criminal record check. Respite volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

For information about the orientation program, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Vigil Volunteer

Providence Hospice vigil volunteers  are assigned by the hospice staff to bring comfort, support and companionship to patients and their family members or facility staff during the time immediately before the patient’s death. The vigil volunteer must be willing to be called for assignment on short notice. 

Volunteers must complete a 32-hour training and orientation program and must undergo a screening process, including a criminal record check. Vigil volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

For information about the orientation program, contact the Portland Metro Volunteer Program: 503-215-4857.

Hospice Visitation Volunteer

Providence Hospice visitation volunteers provide comfort and companionship to terminally ill patients residing in nursing facilities or adult care homes. Visitation volunteers might provide similar one-on-one support as a respite volunteer, but in a setting that is not a private home. Volunteers must complete a 32-hour training and orientation program and must undergo a screening process, including a criminal record check. Visitation volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

For information about the orientation program, please contact the Portland metro volunteer program: 503-215-4857.