Volunteers are truly remarkable people who unselfishly give of their time, talents and energies to help others. They give back. They make a difference.
Nearly 100,000 individuals perform volunteer work at hospices throughout the United States annually. It takes a special person to be a hospice volunteer, and no doubt, the dedicated individuals who share their time, talents and energies are truly special. Each year, hospice volunteers in Charles County, Maryland give of themselves to help more than 250 patients and their loved ones during a difficult time. They help patients and families cope with medical, emotional and spiritual issues.
Hospice volunteers state that helping others is personally gratifying. Many find it intellectually stimulating and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. While many volunteers have personal experience with hospice and can empathize with what a patient and his/her family is going through, others simply want to help out and make a difference – one person at a time.
Hospice utilizes the knowledge and skills an individual already has, plus provides an additional 18 hours of specialized training before a volunteer receives an assignment.
- Assistance and support for patients
- Companionship and respite care for loved ones
- Assistance with household tasks
- Running errands and shopping
- Letter writing and reading
- Food preparation and meal time assistance
- Administrative and clerical support
- Participation in programs
- Fundraising support
- Speaking or helping at community events
- Spiritual and emotional support
- Bereavement support
The 18 hours of specialized training includes:
- Introduction to the hospice philosophy, history, programs, organization and how you fit into the team concept.
- Progression of the disease process and terminal illness. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a dying patient and what you can do for the patient.
- Sexual abuse and harassment issues.
- Understanding the family dynamics and how death affects the family, plus how the hospice staff may assist in this process.
- How much support you can expect, risk of burnout, how much time volunteers are expected to give. Recognizing stress and coping with bereavement issues.
- Understanding the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer, including assignments, record keeping and reporting, dress, etiquette, corporate compliance, ethics, communication, applicable laws and HIPAA confidentiality.
- The importance of the patient’s “Bill of Rights” and understanding the myths and barriers of effective pain control.
- Understanding safety issues, including open wounds or sores, TB, proper lifting and medical issues as they relate to the hospice volunteer.
How Do I Become a Hospice Volunteer?
1. Complete the Volunteer Application and send to the Volunteer Coordinator at:
Mail: Hospice of Charles County, Inc. or Fax: 301-861-5317
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD 20603
Local: 301-861-5300 Hearing Impaired 1-800-735-2258
or you can drop off the application at the hospice office Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm: 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD 20603
Click here to download the Volunteer Application.
Application forms can also obtained by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 301-861-5300 or email:
Once you complete the application and turn it into hospice, the Volunteer Coordinator wi ll contact you to set up an interview.
2. Show proof of automobile insurance
3. Pass a background check
4. Successfully complete the volunteer training program.
Do you have any questions about volunteering? Please fill out this form and someone will contact you soon!