Volunteering with Hospice of Westchester means making a difference in the life of a patient and in the community. Hospice volunteers contribute in many ways; visiting with a patient, assisting in administrative tasks, or with special events. Each volunteer is trained for their specific area of service. The patient visitor volunteer is trained to provide comfort, support and companionship, to both the patient and their family. Administrative volunteers help with office support, community education and volunteer recruiting. Hospice values every volunteer and relies on their service and commitment to support patients and their families at a critical time in their lives.
At this time, we are seeking volunteers who are bilingual (especially English with Spanish and Italian), volunteers comfortable with offering silent presence to uncommunicative patients, and dog owners already equipped to volunteer pet therapy.
To prepare patient visitor volunteers, the Director of Volunteers provides a mandatory 25 hour training course. The course provides background about hospice care and the special needs of people with advanced illnesses. Once trained, volunteers are assigned to a patient and work directly with the clinical care team under the supervision of the Director of Volunteers. The course is not required for volunteers who do not have patient contact.
All volunteers are required to make a year long commitment; three (3) hours per week.
To Become a Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, have questions or would like additional information, please contact our Director of Volunteers at (914) 682-1484, ext. 137 or email to email@example.com