Hospice Volunteering

Being there means everything

Become a Hospice Volunteer

“When you volunteer, you are not paid in money or recognition. You are paid in LOVE.
People may forget what you said or did.
But they will never forget how it made them FEEL.”

Are you looking to make a difference in someone’s life while doing something that is deeply rewarding and meaningful? Consider becoming a hospice volunteer for Cooley Dickinson Hospice. Our hospice volunteers come from all walks of life, and are crucial partners in bringing comfort and support to our community of patients facing end of life. As an integral member of our hospice team, you can help in a number of ways:

Ways to Volunteer:
  • Patient Companionship – Sitting quietly, reading, playing music, watching TV, sharing stories, holding hands, preparing meals, doing errands, being a caring presence.
  • Family/Caregiver Support – Providing respite breaks and helping with errands.
  • Complementary Therapies – Certified Massage, Reiki, music and pet therapists.
  • Bereavement Support – Making bereavement calls, sending out mailings.
  • Administrative Help – Assisting with typing, filing, sending letters and cards.
  • Journey Home Singers – Singing with our renowned acapella singing group for patients in their home, at skilled nursing facilities or at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Hospice Volunteer Requirements

No experience is necessary. If you can meet these requirements, we’d love to talk with you!

    • Must be 18 years of age or older
    • Willing to complete about 18-20 hours of training
    • Can donate about 1 visit per week (approximately 1-2 hours with travel), with a 1 year commitment.
    • Are a licensed driver with own transportation and auto insurance
    • Willing to drive up to 20 minutes from your home to visit with patients.
    • Will agree to a CORI check and employee health screening (for volunteers in direct patient contact)
    • Will agree to health precautions and confidentiality standards

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson. We look forward to talking with you!

How to Apply

To apply, please read the attached Considering Being a Hospice Volunteer document, then complete and send a Hospice Volunteer Application (Download and fill out Word doc, then save your completed form and email or mail to the address below). You can also apply online. Once reviewed, our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Tina Leflar will schedule a one-on-one interview to more fully explore how we can match your interests with our needs. From there, we will complete background, health and reference checks, and enroll you in our next training program which we run twice each year.

Contact Us/Learn More
To learn more about hospice volunteering and how you can make a profound difference while enriching your life, please contact our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Tina Leflar :

Tina Leflar
Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson
Phone: 413-584-1060
Email: cleflar@cooleydickinson.org

Volunteer Training

We will be announcing our dates for an upcoming volunteer training session in the near future. In the meantime, please submit your application and we will be in touch to let you know when our next session will be scheduled.

Current volunteer needs include:

Apply Online here.  

See Hospice Requirements and Read ‘Considering Being a Hospice Volunteer’ for more information.

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Hospice Volunteer position! For more information, contact:

Tina Leflar
Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson
Phone: 413-584-1060
Email: cleflar@cooleydickinson.org