Volunteers are residents living in the
areas where we serve. They include people who are retired
and those currently working. They range in age from teens
to senior citizens. People who want to volunteer for
Hospice do not need special talents; they simply need to have
the desire to "make a difference in people's lives".
Making a Difference
Hospice care is not about giving up ... it
is about hope for people facing a life-limiting illness - hope
of living their lives free from pain, without fear and in the
company of family and friends. The emotional and spiritual
support that Hospice Services of Western Massachusetts provides to
patients and their families is greatly enhanced by the help of
Volunteers are an invaluable part of our
interdisciplinary team. They demonstrate a deep commitment
to the Hospice philosophy and to their desire to help others.
What do Hospice volunteers do?
Our volunteers assist patients and their
families in a variety of ways, including:
- Sitting quietly with a patient
- Administrative work in the Hospice office
- Assistance with errands, transportation
and household chores
The most valuable skill a volunteer has is
the ability to be a compassionate presence. Volunteers
increase the quality of life by offering emotional support and
companionship to patients and their families.
Hospice volunteers report they are
motivated by the desire to give something back and soon find
that the spiritual and emotional rewards they receive far out
weigh the time and caring they contribute. Volunteers gain
satisfaction by making a positive impact on the lives of others.
How do I become a volunteer?
There is a place for you as a Hospice Services of Western Massachusetts volunteer. The rewards of
sharing and caring are beyond measure.
Call today to learn more about your place
on the Hospice team. You can make a difference!