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OUR VOLUNTEERS

What does a volunteer do?
Volunteers play an important role in the care provided by Hudson Valley Hospice. They are specially trained to provide comfort, support, and companionship to patients and their families for a few hours each week. 

Volunteers can also play a vital role at hospice without coming into contact with patients. Volunteers can assist with administrative support in the office, with community education, assisting at fund-raising events and helping to recruit other volunteers.

All volunteers are asked to make a year-long commitment to hospice. Patient and family volunteers usually give three hours each week when working with a patient and family. Some volunteers give more time depending on their availability and personal commitments.

Administrative volunteers who are needed for office support may work on a weekly basis, typically giving three hours each week during business hours, doing filing, mailings, data entry, etc.

Community outreach and fund-raising volunteers make commitments to help with special events; for example: community information tables, or the annual Tree of Life. 

All volunteers are assigned and supervised by the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and work with the entire hospice team. 

How can I help? 

Respite
Visiting with a patient so the caregiver can do other things

Transportation
Taking a patient to a medical appointment or for a drive on a sunny day

Errands
Picking up prescriptions, or going grocery shopping for the family

Listening
Providing emotional support and companionship

Office Support
Assisting with Hudson Valley Hospice telephones, filing, mailings, data entry 

Special Needs
Volunteers with special skills such as a second language, hobbies, skilled crafts, etc. are—from time to time—needed to help patients and families

Community Outreach and Fundraising Events
Helping staff Hudson Valley Hospice’s annual Tree of Life event, Golf Tournament, or information booths around the community

To prepare volunteers, hospice provides a training course with a thorough background about hospice care and the special needs of people with advanced illnesses.  

If you are interested in becoming a Hudson Valley Hospice volunteer, please fill out the form below, or contact the Volunteer Office by calling 845-473-2273 extension 1124. We appreciate your interest! And so will our patients.