Volunteers Are the Heart of Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Our hospice volunteers are members of the community who donate their time and offer compassionate support to our hospice patients and their families. Some have had a personal experience with hospice care; others simply want to give back to our community in a meaningful way. All of our volunteers are carefully screened and are required to complete 20 hours of volunteer training, which is offered twice a year in the spring and fall, as a five week classroom training. Individualized training is available throughout the year.

Volunteers are important members of the Hospice Care Team. They provide the same services as a friendly neighbor would. VNHC has a variety of volunteer options. Some of the ways our volunteers help hospice families include shopping or running errands, preparing a light meal, reading or letter writing, filling in to give family caregivers a break, or simply being present and listening. Volunteers visit a patient an average of once a week, for 2-4 hours (including driving time). The time commitment may fluctuate depending upon the patient’s needs and the volunteer’s availability. VNHC also has a volunteer Pet Therapy Program, a Veteran to Veteran Program, and a Flower Delivery Program. In addition, we have volunteers who support and assist our Hospice patients and staff at VNHC’s Serenity House. If you have a special skill or talent, we would love to find a way for you to share it!

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a VNHC hospice volunteer, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities.

If you would like to apply to the VNHC Hospice Volunteer training program, please download a copy of the Volunteer Application and return it to VNHC Volunteers, 512 E. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, or email it to volunteer@vnhcsb.org.

Please see our Calendar of Events for dates and times for the spring and fall volunteer training programs.

Spring 2015 Volunteer Training
The next full classroom training begins Tuesday, March 3rd, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, and continues for four (4) more consecutive Tuesdays, ending on March31st. Your Volunteer Application should be received in the office by February 25, 2015.

Self-directed training is available for those volunteers who need to customize their own schedule because they cannot attend the in-class training.  You must be available during regular business hours M-F, 8:00 to 5:00 for processing.  Please contact the Volunteer Department at (805) 690-6274 for details or email volunteer@vnhcsb.org.

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