Become a Chatham-Kent Hospice Volunteer!

Hospice volunteers give a priceless gift to those who are affected by end-of-life challenges.  They are ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference!

Chatham-Kent Hospice’s vision is to provide a home-like setting, deeply embedded in our community where people in end of life transition and those who love and support them have access to outstanding care and bereavement support. Volunteers are the key to helping us bring this vision to a reality.

In an effort to serve and include the many cultures and groups residing in our community, Chatham-Kent Hospice welcomes volunteer applicants who reflect the wide diversity of our citizens.

Due to the sensitive nature of our service, volunteers will be required to participate in a thorough screening process which includes an interview, reference check, vulnerable police record check and health screening. Once successfully completed, volunteers will participate in a 30 hour comprehensive training and orientation program to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge they need to provide outstanding care to the residents in our Hospice.

Whether you want to help others, meet new people or develop new skills – volunteering can enrich your life. With both short and long term volunteer opportunities, we will find a mutually agreed upon role that matches your interests, skills and availability with the needs of the Hospice.

For more information regarding a challenging yet very rewarding and meaningful volunteer opportunity with Chatham-Kent Hospice, please complete and submit this form:

Volunteer Application

Why Volunteer?

Everyone has their own motivation for getting involved with Chatham-Kent Hospice. For most the experience of volunteering is very rewarding.

Some of the most common reasons include:

  • You have an interest in the Hospice philosophy of care, and have the desire to help others. You have some awareness of what is drawing you to Hospice work, and are willing to explore this in depth.
  • You are sensitive to the special needs of dying patients and their families, and have chosen to work to support them.
  • You are aware of the losses you have experienced, and your way of grieving, and have a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief
  • You are open to others who may have different values, beliefs, ways of living. You are able to listen well, and to validate others where they are, rather than where you might believe they should be.
  • Self-reliance, flexibility and adaptability are assets. You may be called on to work in a variety of areas and perform many different tasks. Realistic awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to set limits are important.
  • You are willing to commit yourself to training and the volunteer responsibilities set forth for your category of interest and to gaining an understanding of the policy and procedures of the Hospice program.
  • You are not bringing your personal agenda or mission to your Hospice work, and understand that our work is not to change people, but to be with them and meet them where they are. If you have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, one which you are still actively grieving, please consider carefully your present ability to take on a demanding training program. Personal loss can include job loss, significant health changes or the end of a significant relationship. This work can intensify your own grief. We will review each applicant individually in this regard.
  • You have a strong support team away from Chatham-Kent Hospice. Working at Hospice can be tremendously rewarding and meaningful but it can also be stressful and emotionally draining at times so it is important that you have good support and ways of taking care of yourself, meeting change and the unexpected with ease.

How can I help at the Hospice?

Volunteers are very important part of our team! Our volunteers help in many different positions such as: