Want to be a Patient Support Volunteer?

Hospice volunteers are a special gift to those overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for someone who is at the end of life. Volunteers provide companionship to patients and respite to families.

Patient Support Volunteers

Our homebound and terminally ill patients depend on volunteers to help maintain their independence and physical and emotional comfort. Volunteers can assist patients and families in many ways:

  • Bring the outside world to someone who is homebound or in the hospital.
  • Provide companionship
  • Provide respite for caregivers
  • Prepare light meals
  • Provide transportation
  • Share times of joy or sadness

Hospice Volunteer Training

Training and ongoing support are provided to all volunteers, so experience is not required. Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn new skills and enhance existing ones.

We offer 12 hours of specialized training for hospice volunteers. The training consists of 4 sessions, each lasting 3 hours. Various members of the hospice team give an overview of hospice and its philosophy. Communication, pain and symptom management, the role of nurses, social workers, and home health aides, and what to expect from your role as a volunteer are among the topics covered in training.

Administrative & Outreach Volunteers

  • Perform clerical work, such as mailings, photocopying, filing
  • Assist staff with special events
  • Assist at community health fairs
  • Fundraising activities

Community Thrift Shop

Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice of Suffolk benefits year- round from the efforts of a great group of volunteers who give their time and talent to the Community Thrift Shop at 274 New York Avenue in Huntington.

For more information about volunteering please contact Bonnie Gruber, Volunteer Coordinator 
at 631-930-9340 or bgruber@vnshs.org