Volunteer Opportunities Become a true hero in hospice care
There are as many different ways to volunteer at Hospice of Broward County as there are volunteers. Listed below are many of the ways our hundreds of volunteers help our patients, families and our organization. If you have a special interest or talent that you would like to share that is not on the list, please let us know.
Hospice of Broward County provides orientation and ongoing training to make sure that you are comfortable in whatever role you choose. We also assign a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator to support you and ensure that your volunteer experience is a success.
- Patient & Family Support - work directly with patients and families. Please let us know if you have special skills to share, such as hairdressing or speaking another language. These skills are in high demand.
- Organizational Support - help in our offices , resale shops or at special events
- Professional Volunteers - provide special care to patients or the organization using your area of expertise. See our Volunteering for Professionals page for more on these opportunities.
- Vigil Volunteers - specially trained volunteers who sit in shifts with a dying patient to provide a comforting presence, and emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. They support the family as well, helping as needed. For families who cannot be present, the Vigil Volunteers provide them solace knowing that their loved one is not alone. Their calming presence helps to ease some of the stress during this very difficult time.
- Multi-lingual patient visitors - provide support and comfort to patients and families who speak other languages, and often feel more comfortable conversing in their native language.
- Teen Volunteers (ages 14 – 18) - help with special projects, administrative support, resale shops and special events and receive community service hours
- Pet Therapy Visitors – our four-footed friends brighten everyone’s day
We have more to offer than we realize. No special talents are required, just listening, smiling and caring.
Patient Companion – Personal visits are a gift of compassion and kindness that mean the world to our patients and families. Volunteers visit patients wherever they are – home, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility or one of our six inpatient units.
- Read Together
- Take a Walk
- Watch Movies
- Play Cards
- Share Music
Caregiver Support – Giving family members or caregivers a break or a helping hand is deeply needed and appreciated. When you stay with a patient, their family members can go out for errands or get a break for themselves. That is called respite care.
- Stay with Patient (respite care)
- Walk a dog
- Run an errand
- Offer a ride
- Mow a lawn
Patient and Family Calls - You can help us ensure that our patients and families receive the highest quality of care by making phone calls to our patients and families.
- “We Care Calls” are made to patients shortly after they enter our care to make sure that they and their families have what they need and know how to reach their hospice care team.
- “Caring Calls” are made to family members to offer condolences and information on our bereavement services. It is important that family know that we are here for them after the death of their loved ones.
Hospice of Palm Beach County volunteers allow us to save thousands of dollars a year, which is used to care for the people in our community. There are many opportunities to help.
- Provide administrative support in any of our area offices or inpatient units
- Volunteer in our resale shops
- Become a Camp SeaStar volunteer
- Speak about Hospice of Broward County at community events
Your support for our staff in offices and inpatient units throughout Broward County is greatly appreciated.
- Enter Data
- File & Scan
- Answer Phones
- Greet Guests
- Prepare Mailings
If your area of expertise is in nursing, counseling, chaplaincy, music therapy, accounting, medical coding and billing, marketing, computers, photography, or law, just to name a few, we hope that you will consider sharing your skills with Hospice of Broward County as a professional volunteer.
Please visit our Volunteering for Professionals page for more information.
Volunteers with certified pet therapy dogs are encouraged to join our pet therapy visiting program. The comfort, joy and smiles that you and your pet bring to the patients and families you visit will certainly be rewarding for you and your pet.
By becoming a Vigil Volunteer, you support patients at the very end of life, with the goal that no patient dies alone and families who need extra support will receive it.
- Become an active Hospice of Broward County volunteer
- Receive specialized training to learn the dynamics of the dying patient and their family members
- Learn how to be a comforting presence
- Provide emotional and spiritual support as requested
- Give peace of mind to families who cannot be with their loved one at the end of life
- Make a difference
Visit our Volunteer Interest form or call Shannon Noble at 954.204.4504 to sign up today.