Volunteer Opportunities

Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice volunteers are highly valued members of our hospice team, providing essential services and compassionate support to our patients and their caregivers. In return for their commitment and generosity, volunteers receive the satisfaction of making a difference in people’s lives.

Hospice volunteer opportunities are available in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. Volunteers may choose to work directly with patients or in our bereavement program.

Volunteers may fulfill any number of roles:

  • Provide non-judgmental listening and a caring presence
  • Offer relief to caregivers
  • Provide companionship and social contact
  • Assist with errands and transportation
  • Assist with correspondence or other activities
  • Work in bereavement

What you need to know about being a hospice volunteer

Volunteers must be sensitive, caring and mature people who can enter a home without judgment or the need to impose their belief systems. They must not have had a personal loss during the last calendar year. Following the training, volunteers are asked to provide two to three hours of service per week for one year.

Application and training

Volunteers attend approximately 30 hours of training, which is offered twice a year – in the spring and the fall. Volunteers learn about hospice philosophy and the interdisciplinary team approach, history of Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice, communication skills, grief and loss, universal precautions and spirituality. A great deal of personal work is involved in this training, including knowing one’s limits and acknowledging one's own beliefs about death and dying.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice team or want to learn more, ask for our volunteer coordinator: