Volunteer Volunteering at Chester River Home Care & Hospice

Volunteering at Chester River Home Care & Hospice

Volunteers at Chester River Home Care & Hospice work as members of an interdisciplinary team and provide care to patients nearing the end of life.

Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many of our volunteers were introduced to hospice through the death of a family member and understand first-hand the value and necessity of hospice care. Volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is really about living life to its fullest.


Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Support for patients: This service can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets and even massage therapy for those with the necessary skills.

  • Respite and support for family members: Volunteers can assist with shopping or household maintenance, or provide family caregivers with the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.

  • Bereavement support programs: Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice's professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families.

  • Fund-raising and administrative work: A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank you letters to helping to organize fundraising and community awareness events.

For more information on volunteering at Chester River Home Care & Hospice, please contact Sheila Montigny, volunteer coordinator, at 410-778-1049.