“I want to help.”
Our volunteers provide invaluable support to our patients, their families, and to our hospice program. Help is needed working with patients and families as well as non-patient-related activities, such as fundraising/event planning, bereavement support, spiritual care support, community presentations, transportation, office work, or respite care and patient companionship.
For more information, please reach out to our office directly at (616) 527-0681, submit a contact form, and/or fill out an application.
New & Current Volunteers:
All hours must be documented on a Volunteer Time Sheet.
Types of Volunteers
- Patient/Caregiver Volunteer: Patient/caregiver volunteers may provide companionship, caregiver relief, errand running, book reading and other duties in a patient’s home, nursing home facility and/or assisted living. Medical knowledge is not required and hands on patient care is not part of this role.
- Bereavement Volunteer: Facing the challenges of end-of-life care, family members often find that having a volunteer to talk with is helpful. Volunteers will receive additional professional training in bereavement. Duties in this area can include phone contacts, personal/funeral home visitations, support group facilitating, and mailings.
- Administrative Volunteer: Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to help with mailings, copying, filing, answering phones, quality improvement, data entry assistance and other general office duties at our Administrative office in Lansing. These are the behind the scenes helpers that allow staff to work effectively and to better handle patient needs.
- Specialty Volunteer: Many members of our community volunteer their expertise in providing additional support for our families (barbers, beauticians, lawyers, financial planners, Reiki).
- Vigil Volunteer: Sit with patients who are actively dying alone to provide respite for families or companionship to a patient who doesn’t have family in the area. Medical knowledge is not needed and patient care is not part of this role.
- Relaxing Hand Touch Volunteer: Provide aromatherapy hand massage to a patient. Training provided!
- Community Outreach Volunteer: This type of volunteering is a unique way to educate our communities about benefits of hospice care as well as serve the needs of our agency. We are always in need of enthusiastic spokespersons to promote the hospice philosophy in our community on behalf of Ionia Area Hospice.
Is there training?
Yes! Volunteer training will prepare you to volunteer for Ionia Area Hospice. It will help you understand the hospice philosophy, end of life issues and how to work with community members facing terminal illnesses. All new volunteers need to complete the home-study in its entirety prior to volunteering.
Contact Tracie Yurkinas our Volunteer Coordinator for further assistance.
(616)527-0681 or firstname.lastname@example.org