Hospice Volunteer FAQs

What qualities do you look for in a hospice volunteer?

  • A caring and compassionate heart
  • A willingness to listen without judgment

What is the time commitment?

We ask that volunteers sign a one year agreement stating that you will be available to provide an average of 2-4 hours a week. This will be based on your schedule and on patient and family needs.

What volunteer opportunities do you offer?

  • Providing compassionate presence, companionship, and practical assistance to patients throughout King and Snohomish counties in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, or adult family homes, and/or respite for their caregivers.
  • Assisting the nursing staff at the Gene and Irene Wockner Hospice Center, as well as help to maintain a home-like environment.
  • Providing bereavement support for families via the telephone under the supervision of a bereavement coordinator.
  • Comfort therapy volunteers provide patients with the comfort of touch with massage, Reiki and other energy-based therapies, reflexology, music, hair styling, and manicures. 
  • Animal-Assisted therapy teams are Pet Partner, Reading with Rover or Project Canine-registered teams who provide companionship to patients, families, and staff at the hospice center.
  • Reception desk volunteers at the hospice center welcome visitors and offer compassionate presence and support to families.

What type of training do you provide for new volunteers?

The EvergreenHealth Hospice volunteer program's comprehensive training includes hospice history and philosophy. We explore pain and symptom management, spiritual care, boundaries, ethical issues, family systems, diversity, and loss and grief. We help you gain awareness around your feelings and experiences with death and dying, and further develop listening skills so you can be fully present to those that we serve. Each participant receives a certificate upon completion of the training.

All positions require additional training.

Is there a registration fee for the training?

There is no registration fee.

Do you offer ongoing support for your volunteers?

Yes, we offer a variety of meetings and activities, educational opportunities and inservices throughout the year. Volunteers also receive support from the hospice team on an ongoing basis.

Are there other requirements I should know about?

  • Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
  • Volunteers must pass Washington State Patrol and nationwide background checks.
  • Volunteers must provide documentation of immunization status to include two-step TB, Tdap, MMR, Varicella, hepatitis B and the current year flu shot
  • Volunteers' driving records must be approved if their position requires driving.
  • If you have recently experienced a personal loss, there is a one year waiting period before you can become a hospice volunteer. During the one year waiting period, you are welcome to participate in our bereavement groups.

How do I get started?

You can start the application process by submitting our online application.

You may also email LstHospiceVolunteers@evergreenhealth.com or call 425.899.1070 if you have questions, or would like an application mailed to you.