Become a Hospice Volunteer
Thank you for your interest and for considering sharing your time and compassion as a hospice volunteer. Maggie's Hospice is growing in the greater Prescott, Verde Valley areas and Flagstaff, and we are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and their families.
As a volunteer with Maggie's Hospice, you are an integral part of our team. It is possible that you will form a unique and close connection with patients and families. Therefore, your eyes and ears are very important in creating a holistic understanding of our patient's situation. You will likely feel a sense of fulfillment and personal reward as you extend your time, love, and compassion. Even small deeds of kindness can profoundly enhance the lives of our patients and families.
How Volunteers Serve
Reading to patients
Small meal preparation
Assist with annual Celebration of Life
Typing, filing and other light office work
Sending birthday cards, sympathy cards, and bereavement notes
Assisting with volunteer training
Bereavement volunteers support families of deceased patients. During the grieving process, the volunteer is an invaluable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network.
Additional training is required
Telephone and in person support
Coordinate community resources
Help Bereavement Coordinator with writing letters and making calls
Vigil Volunteers are experienced hospice volunteers who sit quietly with a patient in the last 24 hours of their lives. Additional training is required.
What is required?
First-hand experiences with family members or friends often prepare hospice volunteers to be especially supportive and sensitive to the family's needs. Even without the experience, you will be thoroughly trained and supported in the skills you need for your particular volunteer role.
Training includes scheduled training classes, individual training, and support, and on-site training with the Volunteer Coordinator. All of our volunteers are given assignments that best suit their time, skills, and interest. No matter what your skills, talents, or experience, we have the opportunity for you to help.
The goals and philosophy of hospice care
The responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families
The physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying
Listening and communication skills
Patient and family rights
Spiritual and cultural diversity
After completing training, you will determine how much time you can commit to hospice work. We request that you consider offering a 4 hour minimum per month, regardless of your volunteer role. However, whether dedicating as little as two hours a month, or six hours a week, all of your efforts are appreciated and much needed.
Am I qualified to be a volunteer?
You are likely a good candidate to be a hospice volunteer if you are reading this information. The are no restrictions in regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, or national origin. Being a hospice volunteer is not for everyone, but here are some of the important things we look for in a volunteer:
At least 18 years of age
Able to listen with close attention, and be comfortable in silence
Able to accept the dying process comfortably
Excellent communication skills
Able to work as an integral part of the team
Be dependable, patient, and flexible
Know your strengths and limits
Be non-judgmental, accepting that our care is patient driven
Respect all beliefs, all religious customs, and all who are without them
Acceptance of ethical, moral and cultural differences
The next step is becoming a Maggie's volunteer is to complete an application. You can either stop by our office and pick up an application, or we can email (or snail-mail) one to you. Once we receive your completed application, you will meet with the Volunteer Coordinator for an interview, at which time the next steps will be explained.
If you are interested contact our office at:
Phone : 928-438-8500