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.

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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