Being a Hospice Volunteer
As a volunteer, you choose the hours and days that work best, even when your schedule changes. There's no minimum requirements. You can also decide whether you'd prefer to be in the patient's home, a nursing home setting, or at the Dougherty Hospice House.
Odds are, whatever you enjoying doing, there's a good chance we can find a place for you to do it. For example:
- Time in the Garden: spring planting, garden maintenance, fall clean up
- Being Creative: scrapebooking, playing an instrument, singing, baking, fabric arts, playing cards
- Helping out: reading aloud, pet care, shopping, organizing photos, home projects.
- Specialty skills: Hairstyling, massage, nail care, seamstress, computers.
- Support Services: reception staffing, cookie baking, decorating the Dougherty House, garden maintenance, marketing, office support.
Of course, sometimes the most important gift is simply your willingness to be present and listen to patients and family members as they walk this sacred and sometimes difficult journey.
All volunteers receive 15 hours of specialized training. Coordinator support, recognition events and continuing education help you feel supported and connected.
Complete the online Avera Volunteer Application. Be sure to write "Hospice" in the Area Of Interest. Applications are forwarded to our Volunteer Coordinator, who will meet with you to determine the best opportunities for your interests and availability.