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Become a Hospice Volunteer

Call for more information: 770-219-8888

Getting Started

We are committed to the highest quality of care for patients & families, and the highest standards of support & education for our volunteers. Due to the sensitive nature of end-of-life care, volunteers are carefully selected and trained. Our volunteer coordinator, Carol Jewell, welcomes your calls for information about volunteering: 770-219-8888.

To get started, we ask the following from all of our volunteers:

  • Complete a volunteer application. Please mail, fax or scan your completed application to:
    • Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, Georgia  30501, Attention: Carol Jewell, Volunteer Coordinator
    • carol.jewell@nghs.com
    • Fax: 770-219-8887
  • Complete personnel requirements, such as:
    • Application and other forms
    • Immunization Record – documentation of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) if born in or after 1957.
    • Tuberculosis Skin Test (two step) – provided as part of volunteer training (basic screening costs covered by Hospice)
    • Background Check (costs covered by Hospice)
    • Automobile Insurance
    • Driver’s License
  • If you have experienced a recent loss, we ask that you wait one year before volunteering in homes with patients and families.
  • Attend all training sessions for the type of volunteer work you want to do. Please refer to our events calendar for upcoming training sessions

Volunteer Application

After completing personnel file and training sessions, commit to volunteer for a period of weeks, months or years. We work with you and your schedule. We have opportunities for seasonal, time limited and long term volunteers.


Volunteer Opportunities & Training Requirements

Activities Volunteer for Seniors

Role:

  • Assists with activities such as Bingo or Crafts in Assisted Living Facilities

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Three (3) hours site specific training and completion of volunteer file

Administrative & Clerical Volunteer

Role:

  • Provides clerical support in the hospice office

Training Required:

  • Four (4) hour basic volunteer training
  • Completion of personnel file

Bereavement Volunteer

Role:

  • Assists Bereavement staff with providing grief support to families of hospice patients

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Four (4) hour position specific bereavement support training and completion of volunteer file

Camp Braveheart Volunteer

Role:

  • Assists Bereavement staff with providing grief support camps for kids

Training Required:

  • Four (4) hour bereavement volunteer training
  • Completion of personnel file

Community Outreach Volunteer

Role:

  • Assists hospice staff with public speaking, health fairs and community events

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Two (2) hour position specific training with hospice nurse liaison

Hospital Team Volunteer

Role:

  • Provides weekly drop-in visits to hospice patients hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Two (2) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file

Long Term Care (LTC) Team Volunteer

Role:

  • Provides company to hospice patients in long term care residences

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Two (2) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file

Meal Assistance Volunteer

Role:

  • Assists patients living in facilities with their meal

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Two (2) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file

Memory Bear Volunteer

Role:

  • Sews “Memory Bears” for families of hospice patients

Training Required:

  • Two (2) hour training
  • Completion of "practice bear" and personnel file

Patient & Family Support Volunteer

Role:

  • Stays with patient while caregiver takes a break from care giving inside or away from the home

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Four (4) hours comfort care training with shadowing opportunity available & completion of personnel file

Pet Therapy

Role:

  • Credentialing through an established pet credentialing program
  • Pet and owner/handler provide supportive visits to patients and families

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Completion of personnel file

Skilled or Professional Volunteer

Role:

  • Certification/Licensure requirements may apply
  • Provides a professional skill like cosmetology, pet therapy, nursing, massage, manicures, music, media etc.

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • One (1) hour position specific training and completion of personnel file

Special Projects Volunteer

Role:

  • Makes gowns, bibs, catheter bag covers, pillows, care bags, wooden memory boxes, blankets etc.

Training Required:

  • One (1) hour training
  • Completion of personnel file - requirements vary by project

Spiritual Care Volunteer

Role:

  • Professional education/credentialing required
  • Provides spiritual support to patients and families

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Four (4) hours position specific training and completion of personnel file

Veteran to Veteran Volunteer

Role:

  • Visits hospice patients who are veterans & assist staff with thank you presentations

Training Required:

  • Eight (8) hour volunteer general training
  • Completion of personnel file

Vigil Care Volunteer

Role:

  • Sits at the beside of dying patients

Training Required:

  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Three (3) hour site specific training & completion of personnel file


Apply to be a Volunteer now


770-219-8888 or 1-888-572-3900
Hospice License # 069-160H

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