Volunteers are unpaid, but priceless to RiverStone Health Hospice Services. They fill gaps between the care a patient’s loved ones can give and the help offered by healthcare professionals.
If you are looking for a way to make a meaningful difference in someone’s life, providing comfort and companionship to someone with a terminal illness can be profoundly rewarding. Our dedicated volunteers provide invaluable support to our patients and their families. They offer one-on-one companionship, share life stories, and provide respite for caregivers.
All too often kind-hearted would-be volunteers never make the call to sign up for volunteer training because they’re uncertain about what to expect and how the experience will affect them. Seasoned hospice volunteers often describe how the experience enriches their own lives in ways they might never have imagined.
All RiverStone Health Hospice Services volunteers receive extensive free training, which is offered twice a year. During training, volunteers learn about hospice philosophy, confidentiality, preserving dignity, and dozens of other topics. We seek volunteers who are patient and compassionate listeners and who respect the beliefs of others.
Volunteers may choose to be involved with direct patient care or support our work by helping with office tasks such as mailings or fundraising. You can make a difference, even if you are available for just an hour or two a week.
We make every effort to pair veterans as companions to other veterans through the We Honor Veterans project. As such, we have a special need for military veterans who are willing to offer their time.
To learn more about volunteering and the next volunteer training, call 406.651.6500 or email Hospice.Vol@riverstonehealth.org.