Volunteers are the heart of Hospice Quinte.  We couldn’t do the important work we do in the community without our talented and valued volunteers.

Hospice Quinte volunteers have a mature perspective on life, death, loss, and grief, and must be accepting and respectful of all people they come into contact with as volunteers for Hospice Quinte, as we provide services to all members of our communities regardless of age, beliefs, social or economic circumstances, gender, or sexual orientation.

Who can be a hospice volunteer?

Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life, age, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation, and professional backgrounds. Volunteers unselfishly give of their time and talent to help other people help themselves. A volunteer is someone who believes that people can make a difference and is willing to demonstrate it.  Hospice Quinte volunteers need to be 18 years of age or older and complete a screening and training process.

What volunteer roles are available?

  • Hospice Client Support
  • Food Preparation
  • Office Reception and Administration
  • Event and Fundraising

Hospice Client Support Volunteers

Volunteers support Hospice Quinte clients and their families throughout the end-of-life journey and into bereavement.  These volunteers serve as In-Home Hospice volunteers, Hospice Care Support volunteers at the Stan Klemencic Care Centre, Bereavement Companionship Volunteers, and Caregiver Companionship Volunteers.

In-Home Hospice Volunteers support the emotional, psychological, spiritual, practical, and social needs of a person dying at home and their family.  With deep compassion and without judgement, they provide a safe space for the client to express their feelings and share their story. This is one of the most meaningful volunteer experiences a person can ever have.  Our In-Home Hospice Volunteers help to improve the quality of life for the dying person and act as an important support for the family during a difficult time by visiting for up to four hours a week with someone who is terminally ill.  This provides respite to that person’s caregivers so they can attend to their own needs.  Visits take place in homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

Hospice Care Support Volunteers do much the same work as an In-Home Hospice Volunteer, but they provide support for residents and families of the Stan Klemencic Care Centre.  These volunteers provide kitchen help and also help the clinical staff as needed as well as providing social support for residents and families.  These volunteers provide their services on a regular schedule that may include mornings, afternoons, evenings, and/or weekends.

Bereavement and Caregiver Companion Volunteers may assist Hospice Quinte staff at support groups or provide supportive companionship over the phone or in person to those who are caring for someone with a terminal illness or who has lost a loved one.

In order to become a Hospice Client Support Volunteer you must:

  • Complete a screening process
  • Take a 33-hour training program provided by Hospice Quinte at select times during the year
  • Provide a clean criminal record check
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a two-step TB test

Food Preparation and Kitchen Volunteers

These volunteers work at the Stan Klemencic Care Centre and prepare food for the residents at the direction of our clinical staff as well as baking and providing snacks for families and visitors.  Volunteer shifts are Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  These volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift a month on a regular schedule.

In order to become a Food Preparation and Kitchen Volunteer you must:

  • Complete a screening and orientation process
  • Possess a current Safe Food Handling Certificate (if you do not have one, training will be provided)
  • Provide a clean criminal record check
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Office Reception and Administration Volunteers

Hospice Quinte’s front desk at the Stan Klemencic Care Centre is staffed by enthusiastic and friendly Office Reception and Administration Volunteers who welcome visitors, direct clients to services, prepare refreshments for meetings and support groups, and perform day-to-day administrative support tasks.  Reception volunteers work regular shifts on Mondays to Fridays from either 8:00am to 12:00pm, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, or 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  There are also shifts on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00am to 2:00pm and 2:00pm to 8:00pm.  These volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift a month on a regular schedule.

In order to become an Office Reception and Administration Volunteer you must:

  • Complete a screening and orientation process
  • Provide a clean criminal record check
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Event and Fundraising Volunteers

Our event and fundraising volunteers have a desire to help out with a variety of fundraising and community events throughout the year to help Hospice Quinte fund our hospice services and support programs so that our clients can receive services at no cost.  These volunteers perform a variety of tasks related to events. They can volunteer for a chosen event, or at several during the year. These volunteers are an invaluable part of Hospice Quinte’s ability to provide free services in our area.

In order to become an Event and Fundraising Volunteer you must complete a screening and orientation process.  You may be asked to provide a clean criminal record check and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

“The care of the dying demands all that we can do to enable patients to live until they die.”

–Dame Cicely Saunders