Rice Hospice volunteers provide emotional support, comfort, and assistance to the hospice patient and family members. They also provide valuable support to Rice Hospice staff and programs. Volunteers make life more comfortable for patients, families, visitors and staff. They make a difference in the communities served by hospice. See below for a variety of opportunities available to you as a Rice Hospice volunteer.
Patient/Family Care – Be a friend to the patient and family. Offer companionship or respite care; an outing for pie and coffee; play cards and games; read and reminisce; just be there to listen or sit quietly.
Bereavement Support – Be a support to the family after their loved one has died. Offer visits, make phone calls, and write notes to the bereaved as part of our bereavement support services.
Office and Special Projects – Be a support to the administrative staff. help with tasks such as filing, copying, making packets, bulk mailings, and computer data entry.
Nursing Home – Be a friend and an additional volunteer visitor for hospice patients who live in nursing homes.
Inpatient Support – Be an additional support person for patients and their families while they are hospitalized at Rice Memorial Hospital.
Public Relations – Help raise community awareness of Rice Hospice by working at health fair booths and speaking at church and community gatherings.
Life Review – Offer help and support with a patient who would like to reminisce on tape or in written form.
11th Hour – Be there for a patient who does not want to die alone.
Pet Therapy – Partner with your people-person pooch to provide pet therapy visits to hospice patients through the Canine Care for the Journey Program. This position requires additional training for you and your pet.
Camp GK Bear Buddy – Provide one-on-one support at Camp GK Bear to children (K-6) who have lost a loved one.
Fundraising – Help with fundraising activities, such as Bowl for Hospice, Share a Memory, and Soup & Salad luncheons.
Healing Touch – Offer healing touch sessions as a complementary therapy. This position requires additional training.
We Honor Veterans – A program designed to focus more attention on the needs of Veterans at the end of life. If you are a Veteran we encourage you to assist us as we strive to have Veteran volunteers team up with Veterans on their end of life journey, as 1 of 4 people who die every year in the United States is a Veteran.