Volunteers are at the heart of our work.

Volunteer work can be an extremely rewarding experience, especially when you choose to share your time and talents with patients, families and staff at Chaplaincy Health Care. Whether you choose to work one-on-one with patients and families, participate in the We Honor Veterans program, or help grieving children and teens through their healing process, you can play an integral role in helping us serve others with impeccable physical, emotional and spiritual care.

 

When you volunter with Chaplaincy Health Care:

  • Comprehensive training is provided to prepare you for your assignment
  • Your schedule is up to you; you choose the amount of time you have to give
  • Monthly support meetings are offered so volunteers can share experiences and connect with each other.

To sign up now, call (509) 783-7416 or complete the online volunteer application.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Chaplaincy Health Care has a variety of ways you can spend your time. Some involve direct contact with patients and families, while others focus on supporting staff. You can choose the area of support that fits best with your talents and schedule.

Below are several ways that you can help:

Administrative Support

Administrative Volunteers support patients and families from afar by helping out at Chaplaincy offices and working with staff. They assist with administrative tasks like filing, data entry, putting together informational packets and other special projects.

Bereavement

We are looking for someone who is passionate in assisting families after the loss of their loved ones. This volunteer will work under the supervision of our Bereavement Coordinator and support our patient families via phone calls and mail for a period of 12 months after their loved one’s death. They will support our Bereavement team by making follow up calls, bereavement meetings, assisting in mailing cards and letters to our families, and collaborating with the bereavement Coordinator. Experience with grief and loss is preferred for this volunteer role, but we will provide training if necessary. This is a flexible volunteer position and can be flexible based on your schedule. It’s a perfect position for anyone looking to gain experience in bereavement work.

Crafts

Craft volunteers create unique and hand-made items for our patients and families. Craft volunteers are responsible for providing hospital gowns, feeding cover ups, pillowcases, quilts and blanets for patients in the hospice program. They also create Memory Bears for the bereaved. Craft volunteers may be asked to create other sewn items or special craft projects as assigned by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Cork’s Place

Cork’s Place Volunteers facilitate grief support groups for children and teens. Volunteers provide a safe and nurturing environment where children and teens who have experienced a death can share experiences, support one another and find comfort as they move through the difficult process of emotional healing.

 

You do not need to have experience working with grieving youth to become a Cork’s Place Volunteer Facilitator. All Volunteer Facilitators undergo training specifically designed to help them work with grieving youth and help guide them through their grief process.

Hospice Patient Support

Hospice Volunteers are a important part of our hospice care team. Hospice Volunteers visit patients in their homes or at Chaplaincy’s Hospice House.

When Hospice Volunteers visit patients, they may spend time enjoying conversation, reading with patients, writing letters, or taking walks. They might also run errands or perform light housekeeping. Specialized training is provided to prepare volunteers to work with hospice patients.

Special Events

Special Event Volunteers are responsible for providing support to Chaplaincy’s Outreach Team. Special Event Volunteers will provide event support (such as working tables and booths) and help with other special projects designated by the Outreach Team. 

Repeat Boutique Thrift Stores

Repeat Boutique Thrift Store Volunteers work at the stores and assist with a variety of tasks, including receiving donations, assisting customers, assisting with merchandise and working with staff on special projects.

We Honor Veterans

We Honor Veterans is a program of NHPCO, in collaboration with the VA, that recognizes and honors hospice patients and their families at the end of life. We honor our hospice patients with special ceremonies, led by veterans, that formally thank our dying veterans for their service and sacrifice.

11th Hour Hospice Support

11th Hour Hospice Companions are called on if families want extra support when the end is near, or if family members are not able to be at the bedside. 11th Hour Volunteers can be called upon short notice and are trained to support patients during their final moments.

Is volunteering right for me?

Volunteering with Chaplaincy Health Care is a unique, rewarding community service experience. One of the most valuable skills our volunteers possess is compassion. Here are some things you may want to consider before you apply.

  • Can I make a commitment to be there for others?
  • How much time am I reasonably able to give? (some programs require a minimum time commitment)
  • Am I open to continue learning about myself as I learn more about Chaplaincy Health Care and the different volunteer experiences?
  • Where will my strengths be put to the best use?
  • Are my goals compatible with Chaplaincy Health Care’s mission, vision and purpose?

How do I get started?

The easiest way is to submit an application online. You can also call (509) 783-7416 to schedule a time to meet with our volunteer coordinator.

After we receive your information we will contact you to schedule an interview. After completing the interview and successfully passing the screening process, you will participate in a comprehensive training session prior to starting your volunteer duties. Additional training opportunities are offered throughout the year.

If you have questions or would like more information, we are here to help. Call us at (509) 783-7416.

“When I volunteer at the hospice house I know that even the smallest thing I do makes a difference.”

“It doesn’t matter if I’m helping the nurses by making breakfast for a patient, visiting with a family or doing laundry. I just feel good knowing that whatever I do at the hospice house, makes someone’s life a little easier or a little brighter. When my shift is over, that good feeling stays with me all day long.”