The following list provides detailed information on each type of volunteer opportunity at Regional Hospice and Palliative Care. Professional training is provided for all clinical volunteers.
Family Support Volunteers
Family Support Volunteers offer support and companionship for patients and their families in their home, assisted living residence or skilled nursing facility across Fairfield, New Haven, Litchfield and Hartford Counties. Volunteers also provide support to the patients at the Center for Comfort Care and Healing in Danbury and at the Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven. They provide companionship for patients and much-needed respite for caregivers. These special volunteers are an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team, providing support to bringing joy to patients and easing the burdens of family members. They do not provide hands on care.
Regional Hospice pairs trained Family Support Veteran Volunteers with hospice patients who are Veterans. Volunteers who have served in the military have the unique ability to relate and connect with our veteran patients and their families, sharing a common language, code of conduct and sense of honor. Learn more about the Veteran-to-Veteran program at RHHC.
Spiritual Care Volunteers
Spiritual Care Volunteers complete the Family Support Volunteer hospice training and have a special interest in providing faith-based support for patients and families. They volunteer under the direction of the Spiritual Care Manager, who also manages a volunteer-based choir and music ministry to offer our patients the uplifting benefits of song.
Bereavement Volunteers work under the direction of professional bereavement counselors to offer phone and in-person support to adults and children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Our Healing Hearts Center for Grief & Loss’s well known for it’s award-winning, volunteer-focused programs. Opportunities also exist for Volunteer Support Group Facilitators.
Integrative Therapies Volunteers
Integrative (Complementary) Therapies Volunteers offer patients their expertise in massage therapy, reiki, music, or art. Massage therapists are licensed in their specialty, carry insurance and are professionally trained for their role with hospice patients. Learn more on our Complementary (Integrative) Therapies page.
Pet Partners Volunteers
Pet Partners Volunteers visit patients to offer animal assisted therapy. Pet Partners must be certified and insured and have completed training with an organization such as Therapy Dogs International or locally through ROAR. All Pet Partner Volunteers also complete hospice family support volunteer training.
Administrative Volunteers help with office support, including filing, data entry, mailings, computer tasks or other clerical activities. They are oriented to their task, but do not need to complete the family support volunteer training.
Fundraising Volunteers have a variety of opportunities to help Regional Hospice and Palliative Care raise funds that allow our agency to provide our important programs and services. Fundraising Volunteer opportunities include:
Lobby Greeters welcome patients, families, and visitors to our beautiful, inpatient hospice facility, the Center for Comfort Care and Healing. Shifts are 3, 4 or 5 hours each between the hours of 8 am- 8 pm, 7 days a week.
Garden volunteers help tend to the garden at the Center for Comfort Care and Healing by weeding, pruning, planting and providing other garden maintenance as needed.
Floral Arrangement Volunteers
Volunteers design floral arrangements twice a week for the patients at the Center for Comfort Care & Healing. Volunteers are also needed to pick up flowers and deliver them to the Center for Comfort Care & Healing twice a week.
The “Milestone Singers” are a group of volunteers who have a commitment to bringing ease and comfort to patients and their families through song. Each Milestone Singer must be able to sing in a small group and be comfortable singing at the bedside of an ailing patient. For more information on the impact that singing has on patients, see “Meet the Milestone Singers”
In collaboration with the Danbury Music Centre, trained musicians visit the Center for Comfort Care & Healing to provide music to patients and family members in common spaces.