Volunteer Opportunities

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VolunteerHospice of Humboldt is a non-profit organization. We provide end of life and grief support services to all, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. We rely on the enormous contributions volunteers make throughout our agency to help support the services we provide. Many volunteers are family members of patients served by Hospice who want to help others receive the same support and care they and their loved ones received. Others are people of all ages and walks of life who want to contribute to our community.

Hospice offers many avenues to be of service. Whether it is sorting clothes to sell at the Hospice Shop, or playing chess with an elderly patient, our volunteers tell us that they receive tremendous personal satisfaction from helping others.

Patient Care Volunteers are specifically trained to provide emotional support, companionship, assistance with practical tasks, and limited personal care when the caregiver or family members take a break. Volunteers can be assigned for ongoing contact or may be used for one-time support. A patient care volunteer adds to the comfort and quality of our patients and families lives.

Patient care volunteers are valued members of the Hospice Care Team; they provide a perspective that is critical in assessing how Hospice can best serve the needs of patients and their families and caregivers.

Extensive training is required and at the completion of training, volunteers are asked for a one-year commitment to spending at least two hours a week helping our patients.

Volunteer Vigil Program schedules trained Patient Care Volunteers to sit with patients during their final hours. Volunteers may provide companionship by simply being present with the patient, playing soft music, providing a gentle touch of comfort or offering prayer if it is requested. Volunteers treat the patient with dignity and respect.

Patients in skilled nursing facilities or residential care facilities who have no friends or family members able to be at their bedside may be considered for this program. We realize that even if there is family in the area, they may not be able to be present with the patient and vigil volunteers may be needed. We will respect that many families are comfortable with a patient being alone, especially if they are confident in the care at the facility.

Grief Support Services Volunteers receive extensive training to facilitate one of our many grief support groups or workshops. This dedicated group of volunteers assists Hospice in delivering a core service, vital to not only Hospice families, but to the community at large as any person in grief may attend our groups and workshops.

At the completion of training, volunteers are asked for a one-year commitment to spending at least two hours a week helping our patients. Hospice Grief Support Services is especially interested in talking with experienced Grief Support Group leaders who may be considering volunteering.

Hospice Shop Volunteers help make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and families by volunteering 4 hours a week at the Hospice Shop. Volunteers provide help with clerking, bagging, sorting, making displays, and much more. Join this group of dedicated volunteers in a fun and fast-paced environment at the Hospice Shop, located at 575 H Street in Arcata. All proceeds from the Hospice Shop help support the services of Hospice of Humboldt.

Office Volunteers help with clerical and administrative activities by copying and putting together packets of information, filing, assembling patient handbooks, and so on. Office volunteers are important members of the Hospice support team and usually work a regular weekly schedule.

Pet Peace of Mind Volunteers assist with routine pet care needs for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice.  This includes activities such as dog walking, maintenance of litter boxes, transportation to veterinary appointments.  Volunteers also assist with coordinating the Pet Peace of Mind Program at Hospice.

Hospice Auxiliary Volunteers provide clerical and fundraising assistance with specific events like Light Up a Life. They also make a social event of preparing mailings for the Outreach Department several times a year. This is an ideal group to join with a friend.

Board of Directors is responsible for governance, financial oversight and providing strategic vision for Hospice of Humboldt, which is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. New Board members are elected by the Board and serve three-year terms. The full Board meets once a month, with committee meetings as scheduled. Standing Committees include Budget and Finance, Quality and Compliance, and Human Resources. Additional ad hoc committees are formed as needs arise.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity with Hospice of Humboldt, please complete the volunteer application and return it to Dennice Stone, Volunteer Coordinator via email at dstone@hospiceofhumboldt.org or 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, CA 95503.  Hospice will provide you with orientation and any necessary training. For more information, please contact Dennice directly at 707-267-9813.