Becoming a Hospice Volunteer

Volunteer services are an integral component to our Hospice Team’s approach to holistic patient care and family unit support. In Hospice, we pride ourselves on making the lives of the patients and family caregivers more comfortable, so they can focus on the time they have left with their loved ones.

We are interested in compassionate and mature candidates who enjoy and are able to give personal time and companionship to support adults who are facing terminal illnesses and their families. Volunteers are not expected to perform hands-on physical or personal care, or to transport patients, their families or caregivers.

A volunteer’s presence, visits and services may be a valuable support resource for a family that needs help and comfort during their Hospice journey.

We strongly encourage anyone who has experienced a significant personal loss to wait at least a year before applying to become a Hospice volunteer.

Sharing Talents, Skills and Interests…

Become a volunteer and share personal talents and interests . . . they may be “gifts” to others.

Our volunteers enjoy:

  • Socialization and companionship
  • Reading to others
  • Being a friendly visitor
  • Talking about current events, listening to personal stories, reading, writing letters and playing games
  • Listening to or playing soothing music
  • Helping with light household tasks— dishes, raking leaves, arranging flowers, gardening or decorating for holidays
  • Running errands for families—picking up the dry-cleaning or groceries
  • Providing alternative support such as massage, Reiki or pet therapy

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I get started as a volunteer?

A: Prospective candidates must:

  • Complete the Hospice application forms
  • Provide references
  • Participate in an interview with the members of the Hospice team
  • Not have had a significant personal loss in the past year
  • Undergo a background check,
  • Register for and complete the next scheduled training, which includes 20 hours of education provided by McLean’s Hospice Team in a classroom setting.

Q: How do I procure an application package?

A: Contact the coordinator by email at: or call Michelle at 860-658-3992.

Q: Are there other requirements for maintaining an active status as a volunteer?

A: Yes, there are. Annually, volunteers must have documented proof they have a negative TB test or chest X-ray, complete six in-services selected from the 11 that we offer as continuing education and continue in good standing to participate in assigned patient support, office administration or project work.