Mercyhealth at Home volunteers are as valuable as any employee, any doctor, any nurse, or any vice president. Why? Because our volunteers provide invaluable comfort and caring to our patients, young and old, and their families who are facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness.
Hospice volunteers often express their deep sense of personal gratification they receive from the services they provide.
There are so many opportunities to help. Volunteers can choose to work directly with individuals and their families, work in our office, at home, or out in the community.
Individual and family support
We connect volunteers to visit one-on-one with patients and offer specific talents.
Office, community and at-home options
Office volunteers support our hospice staff in our offices. You can help by answering phones, entering data, filing, faxing, assembling information packets, completing mailings, and maintaining our library, among other administrative tasks.
Special events volunteers help our fundraising team plan and implement community events.
Community outreach volunteers represent Mercyhealth at Home at health fairs and community events.
Crafty volunteers can sew memory pillows for family members and knit or crochet prayer shawls and afghans for patients.
Pet-loving volunteers are welcome to join our program to help patients with their pet care needs or provide pet visits with your friendly animal.
Visiting volunteers visit our patients wherever they call home, and can accompany the patient on community outings.
Music volunteers provide various types of music to our hospice patients including singing, playing a musical instrument, and performing at special hospice events. They visit patients in their homes and some area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Veteran volunteers visit and support our hospice patients. Mercyhealth at Home has joined “We Honor Veterans” developed by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the US Dept. of Veteran Affairs. Veteran volunteers provide special pinning ceremonies to honor the military service of each veteran hospice patient. Volunteers develop special bonds with the patients related to their military backgrounds.
There are countless opportunities for volunteerism including things we haven’t thought of. If you have a talent or skill or just a desire to help, we welcome you.