Hospice got its start as a volunteer movement, and volunteers are still a strong part of hospice work. Indeed, we say that volunteers are the heart of hospice -- and New Jersey’s licensed hospices offer many opportunities for people who wish to donate their time to the good work of hospice.
There are two general areas of hospice volunteerism: working directly with patients and families and working in administration/fundraising. You can try whichever one you would like, or work in both.
Hospices are required by Medicare to use volunteers to fulfill a certain part of a hospice’s contact hours with patients and families, so the hospice where you volunteer will deeply appreciate your volunteer time.
Prospective hospice volunteers must take a training course. The content and length of training varies a bit from agency to agency. Contact the volunteer coordinator at any hospice listed here to find out about its hospice volunteer training course.
If you are interested in exploring hospice volunteer opportunities, contact a nearby hospice by clicking here. You will find it to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.