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As a Blue Ridge Hospice volunteer, you’ll become an important member of the Hospice team.

Whether you choose to work directly with patients and families or volunteer in other ways, you’ll be making a difference in someone’s life. If you have a special skill you’d like to provide, share it with us and maybe we can utilize your talents!

Patient/Family Support: Patient / family support volunteers provide one on-one emotional support and companionship to our patients and their families. Friendly visits, life review, and assistance with errands are just a few of the many ways in which volunteers brighten the lives of our patients.

Inpatient Care Center: In addition to providing emotional support and companionship to our patients in the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center, Patient Care Volunteers work side-by-side with our nursing staff to provide assistance with the hands-on care of our patients.

Music Companionship: Music Volunteers work closely with Blue Ridge Hospice Music Therapists to provide comfort, companionship, and entertainment for our patients through the use of music. No formal music training is required.

Pet Therapy: Pet Therapy Volunteers provide companionship to patients and family members through scheduled pet visits. Pets participating in the Pet Therapy Volunteer Program must meet specific criteria prior to their first visit.

Administrative Support: Administrative Support Volunteers assist in the Reception, Medical Records, Marketing, and Volunteer Departments, manning the switchboard, filing, copying, data entry, charting, and other similar activities.

Community Events and Fundraising: Community Event and Fundraising Volunteers assist Blue Ridge Hospice staff with fundraising events and other community activities. This is a great opportunity for those with busy schedules to donate their talents to hospice and maintain a flexible volunteer schedule.

Vigil – Eleventh Hour: Vigil Volunteers provide a caring presence to patients in the last hours of life. Vigil volunteers are assigned when patients are alone, or in cases where family members need additional support during the last moments of their loved ones’ lives. Vigil volunteers are “on call” and may need to be available during the night and on weekends and holidays.

Massage Therapy: Massage Therapy volunteers provide therapeutic massage to Blue Ridge Hospice patients and their families. Massage is used to alleviate pain and to promote relaxation and an increased sense of well-being. Volunteers must carry an active Massage Therapy Certification.

Pampering/Hairstylists: Licensed hairstylists volunteer their time to visit patients in their homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and in the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center, to provide cut and styling services.

Thrift Shops: Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shops are located in Berryville, Front Royal, Purcellville, Stephens City, and Winchester, VA. Thrift Shop Volunteers assist with receiving, sorting, tagging, and displaying donated items as well as assisting customers.

Teen Volunteer Program: The Blue Ridge Hospice Teen Volunteer Program offers area teens the opportunity to volunteer in many different areas of hospice care. Teen Volunteers may volunteer in many of the above capacities. Assignments are made based upon age appropriateness and the interests of the teen. Teens volunteering with patients will be assigned a “Volunteer Mentor”, when appropriate. Communication between the volunteer, volunteer families, and Blue Ridge Hospice staff is an essential element of the program.

Ready to get started?

To volunteer please contact Kelly Miller at kmiller@blueridgehospice.org or call 540-313-9200.

Blue Ridge Hospice Volunteer Training is offered at no cost. Training requirements are based upon specific volunteer activities, and training classes are held throughout our service area several times a year.