"My husband, my family, and I want to say all of Hospice as well as volunteers were a beautiful, loving and caring group. We loved each and every one. They made my husband very comfortable and me too! Your caring and loving manners were very important and appreciated by all family and friends. Thanks to all!"
Who are volunteers?
Hospice of Washington County volunteers are key members of the interdisciplinary team providing support to people dealing with illness, grief and loss. They are a diverse group of dedicated and compassionate individuals. The time and energy they donate makes it possible for Hospice of Washington County to provide quality end-of-life care to our patients and their families.
I began volunteering with Hospice after having gone through a death in my own family. During my experience, I needed and received much support from family and friends. I felt that I wanted to offer my support to other families walking through the dying and bereavement process. I find satisfaction in helping patients and their families live each day to its fullest. It is a privilege to be part of the Hospice experience, helping to make a difference in someone’s life during a difficult time. I know I speak for many volunteers when I say we receive so much more than we give.
Ms. Mary Diehl
11 year volunteer for HWC
What is the role of a volunteer?
COMPANION VOLUNTEERS visit with patients and/or their families to offer support in a variety of ways:
SPECIAL SERVICE VOLUNTEERS provide a variety of services to patients, such as haircuts, massage therapy, music therapy, and pet visitation.
BEREAVEMENT VOLUNTEERS support families who have lost a loved one. Support is given through phone calls and visits as needed.
SPECIAL EVENT/PROJECT VOLUNTEERS support our marketing and development departments at community events and fundraisers, providing education to the community about the services of Hospice of Washington County.
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS assist the administrative staff with basic office related tasks, such as making copies, filing, and preparing bulk mailings.
How do I become a volunteer?
You can become a volunteer if you have a true desire to help patients and families in need. It’s important for our volunteers to be: caring, emotionally mature, and comfortable just being with those at the end of their lives. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we will teach you all you need to know in regards to the hospice approach to death and dying and how to put these ideas into practice. Services are provided, referrals are made, and employment actions are made without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, handicap, or age. Please call the Volunteer Services Coordinator at 301-791-6360 for more information or to have an application mailed to you.