Hospice & Palliative Care was founded by a group of volunteers committed to making a profound difference in our community. Volunteers continue to play an essential role and make vital contributions to our daily operations. Here are some of the many ways you can choose to help.
Patient/family volunteers are assigned to patients and their families in the patient's own home, a nursing home, hospital or other alternate living facility, including our Siegenthaler Center, a four-bed hospice residence. Assignments may require a minimal time commitment, such as a short telephone call once a week to ask if the family needs any help; or a greater time commitment, such as visiting the patient weekly for a few hours. No matter how you help, it's impossible to overstate how much this support means to the patient and family and to the Hospice team working with them.
Volunteers assigned to the Siegenthaler Center assist in day-to-day Center operations by preparing and serving meals, visiting with patients and families, and performing a variety of light housekeeping duties. You may also choose to act as a receptionist at the front desk, greeting and directing visitors. Volunteers can select assignments that fit the busiest of schedules.
Hospice provides support to the bereaved for a period of 13 months following the death of our patients. You may serve the bereaved in a variety of ways:
For those volunteers who prefer to work in an office setting, we offer many clerical opportunities at our New Hartford facility on Middle Settlement Road. You can do any office job-answering telephones, acting as a receptionist, data input, filing, transcribing, computer work, mailing assembly, and general office assistance.
We have a role designed just for you and welcome your ideas for new programs. You may choose one or several positions of interest to you. Volunteering is a great opportunity to try new things, learn new skills, and broaden your horizons. Have questions? LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING.