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Hospice care began in the 1960’s as a volunteer movement, and volunteerism continues to be the foundation of modern-day hospice. Volunteers are a part of every aspect of a hospice program.

Hospice VolunteersWho can volunteer?

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, and anyone age 18 years or older may apply.  We are committed to find a place for you in our program and to make your volunteer experience successful.

The volunteer role is one of the most tender and significant parts of our program, and our volunteers have served families in Northeast Georgia for more than 25 years. Volunteers help run our office, do community outreach and keep vigil at the bedside of our patients. They are the heartbeat of our program.  

We invite you to apply to be a volunteer today!

How much time do volunteers commit to Hospice?

We understand your time is valuable and your schedule may already be quite full.  We value your interest in our program and are committed to working with you and your schedule.  You can commit as much or as little time as your life and schedule permit.  Some volunteer activities such as office projects might involve less than one hour per week.  Other activities, such as patient companionship, may involve two or more hours per week.

What do our volunteers say?

"People ask ‘why would you want to do that?’ and I think to myself ‘why wouldn’t I want to do that? It’s an opportunity for me to show compassion toward someone at the end of their life and try to make difference in their life as well as their family’s lives."

Robin Gillhouse, Hospice Patient Care Volunteer

"In my 8 years as a volunteer, I have NEVER felt under-appreciated or taken for granted. I am proud to be a part of an excellent organization."

Sandy Pinkham, Hospice Patient Care Volunteer

"Not always knowing what to do or say after the passing of a friend or loved one, I have found that presenting them with this personal, handmade bear can prove to be very comforting. For the bear project, the family chooses a cloth article that carries special memories of the loved one, and the bear is made from it. From thank-you notes I have received from recipients, I feel that the bear project is a touching and worthwhile service, one that I am blessed to be a part of."

Jan Piper, Hospice Patient Care Volunteer


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If you have a fever and cough or difficulty breathing, these steps will help you find the care you need and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region:

  • Call before you come

    Please call your doctor's office or an urgent care clinic for advice about where you should go for treatment.

  • Call 9-1-1 for emergencies

    Calling 9-1-1 is always the fastest and most efficient way to get proper treatment for medical emergencies.

  • Consider staying home and taking advantage of an E-Visit

    When symptoms strike, connect with a provider through an E-Visit instead of traveling to the urgent care or the doctor’s office.

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For the protection of our patients, staff and community, our visitation guidelines have been updated.

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We update COVID-19 data on our website each day by 3:00 p.m.

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The best way to avoid infection is to avoid exposure. Here are simple steps you can take to lower your risk of catching or spreading illness:

  • Wear a mask – a cloth face cover can protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Avoid close contact – maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. If someone in your household is sick, maintain 6 feet of distance from them as well.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Monitor your health daily –  Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Learn more by visiting the CDC COVID-19 website.

We want to thank our community and local businesses for their amazing generosity during this time. Here are some ways you can support our community and staff:

  • Donate items and resources

    We are currently receiving donations of items and other resources through the Foundation. Learn how to donate resources and other needed items by clicking here.

  • Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

    Many people in our community are sewing masks for our healthcare workers. We have created some mask sewing instructions and information about drop-off locations. Get detailed mask-making instructions here.

  • Send a Digital Letter

    We would like your help making digital letters for the residents at New Horizons Nursing home. Email a letter to NewHorizonsAdmin@nghs.com and we will hand them out to our residents and staff to enjoy.

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