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Volunteer/Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I can’t always commit to 4 hours per week?
A: We will be happy to find the right assignment for you.  Many of our volunteers provide service just a couple of hours per week.

Q: What if I go on vacation?
A: Going on vacation or volunteering seasonally is no problem; just let us know your schedule.

Q: What if I decide I don’t feel comfortable volunteering with patients?
A:There are many types of volunteer opportunities for you at Hospice of the Valley.  We will be happy to find another volunteer role that doesn’t involve patient care.

Q: Can I change to a different volunteer activity at some point?
A: Absolutely. We encourage involvement in a variety of volunteer activities and want you to feel satisfied with your time spent with Hospice of the Valley.

Q: Do I need to have my own pet to participate in the Pet Connections program?
A: Yes – our Pet Connection volunteers make visits with their certified pet therapy animals.  We will be happy to inform you of the registration process.

Q: What training is required to volunteer?
A: The amount of training you will need depends on your volunteer role.  Patient care volunteers receive 24 hours of training.

Q: Do I need clinical experience to be a volunteer?
A: No – you just need to be compassionate and willing to help.

Q: I’ve been a hospice volunteer for another agency in the past. What do I need to do to volunteer for Hospice of the Valley?
A: We are glad to accept transfer volunteers from other hospices.  We will review your past training and determine if anything else is needed.