Donate and Volunteer
Your donations make a big impact
Camp Erin and the Carousel program are two examples of the many programs made possible by your support. Your donations of cash and goods are accepted throughout the year. Gifts can be made in memory or in honor of someone special.
All contributions made to Providence Hospice and Home Care are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To find out about the giving opportunities that best suit your needs, call the foundation director at 425-261-4822.
The gift of your time
The gift of your time is equally important. Volunteers are integral to the Mission of our organization and serve in a variety of roles.
Volunteers are critical to the success of patient care provided in the home. They assist with respite care, emotional support and transportation to name just a few positions.
In addition to helping patients and their families in their homes, volunteers also dedicate their time to needs within the office. We welcome your assistance with special events, fundraising and sewing.
Learn more about volunteering opportunities or call 425-261-4815.
Whether a volunteer is helping families, visiting patients or providing clerical assistance in our various departments, each contributes greatly to the quality of life in the people we serve. We currently have over 360 volunteers serving our patients and their families.
- Call someone on the phone
- Share a story
- Record a life story
- Play cribbage or cards
- Licensed barber
- Wash a load of clothes
- Push a wheelchair
- Serve a meal
- Provide office support
- Assist with fundraising events
- Licensed hair stylist
Providence Hospice and Home Care is comprised of four major programs that occur in the patient’s home:
The Hospice Program: Volunteers assist with respite care, companionship, emotional support, light housekeeping, transportation, licensed massage therapists, fundraising, record life reviews, and assist with clerical work in the Bereavement Office.
The Home Care Program: Volunteers assist with respite care, light household tasks, transportation, and companionship.
The Carousel Program: Volunteers assist with emotional support to parents and children, running errands, reading, or fundraising. Volunteers are also utilized for pediatric bereavement programs, which include Standing Together, a monthly educational and support group as well as volunteer at Camp Erin, our grief camp for kids ages 6-17. Volunteers receive training and on-going educational opportunities throughout the year.
Volunteer Opportunity for Knitters and Crocheters: Volunteers are inviting other knitters and crocheters to help make lap robes, prayer shawls, scarfs, and hats for hospice patients. Knitters are also welcome to help with “Erin’s Bears” creating one of a kind hats and sweaters for the comfort bears at Camp Erin. Contact Great Yarns at 425-252-8155 for patterns and how you can help.
To find out more about volunteer opportunities, call 425-261-4815.
Available positionsHospice patient & family support
A Hospice patient has a life-threatening illness. Volunteers stay with a patient so the caregiver can do errands or take a break. They may provide light housework, cook, do errands or transport patients.
- Requirement: Be able to be the presence of someone dying. Be a good listener. Non-judgmental. Flexible. Have good social support. No recent loss. Core training provided. Continuing education is required.
- Time commitment: Be available 4 hours once a week. You choose the days you are available and where you are willing to drive. If too limited, however, you will have less assignments.
- Optional: a 2nd assignment.
Stay with patient who is actively dying because patient has no one or family is uncomfortable being alone.
- Requirement: Be willing to be called at the last minute. Must have experience being a Hospice volunteer and have taken the core training.
- Time commitment: Be available 4 – 6 hours assignments perhaps 6 times a year.
Call and visit bereaved persons. May assist in the bereavement office with clerical tasks. May assist with memorial services, support groups, and other events.
Home care volunteer
- Requirement: Be able to be in the presence of grieving persons. Have good social support. No recent loss. Hospice volunteer training is required and additional classes by the Bereavement Coordinator.
- Time commitment: Be available four hours once a week.
Patients are recovering from surgery, accident or learning how to live with a long-term illness. Volunteers will provide light housework, cook, do errands, provide transportation to appointments, stay with a patient (respite) while the caregiver gets out.
- Requirement: Volunteers will attend core classes.
- Time Commitment: Be available 2 – 4 hours once a week. You choose the days and where you are willing to drive. If too limited, however, you will have less assignments.
- Optional: 1 – 2 families a week
Provide Clerical support in our office depending on skills. You will generally work in one area. We use office volunteers on a regular basis or when we have a special project. Occasionally you can work at home depending on tasks needed.
- Time commitment: Be available a minimum of 3 hours once a week.
Keep the library in order, call if books are out too long. Prepare books for library.
- Requirement: Learn system. Love of books a plus.
- Time commitment: Be available 1- 2 hours every two weeks.
Assist families with an ill child or teen. This may include rocking babies, staying with the child while the parent goes out, errands, housework, cooking, transportation, general emotional support.
- Requirement: The core Hospice classes, plus specialized training given at our office on children and teens.
- Time Commitment: Be available four hours a week. We prefer that you be willing to drive anywhere in Snohomish County or Camano Island.
Assist as a camp buddy at our weekend camp for grieving kids and teens.
- Requirement: Specialized training at our agency.
- Time Commitment: Attendance at classes and the weekend camp.
Provide comfort therapies such as massage, music, art, pet, hypnotherapy to our hospice or home care patients.
- Requirement: License or certification and our core classes.
- Time Commitment: 2 – 4 hours once a week.
Visit patients who love animals with your dog once a week.
- Requirement: Dog owners must attend the regular volunteer training of 35-40 hours plus put the dog through Therapy Dogs Training.
- Time Commitment: You decide how many patients you and your pet are willing to visit. A guideline is 2 patients a week for 1/2-to 1 hour per patient.
Assist by planning and working at fundraising or other special events, and grant writing. Assist with decorating auction baskets. You choose.
Barber or beautician
- Requirement: Have fun.
- Time Commitment: Varies.
Do hair cuts for patients (men & women) in their homes.
Sewing and knitting
- Requirement: Licensed. Attend orientation for new staff and volunteers.
- Time Commitment: Be available once every two weeks for appropriate time.
Examples are hospital gowns, special butterfly pillows, lap robes, prayer shawls, or decorate teddy bears with your knitting creations for our children's camp. You choose.
Cooking, Chore and/or Yard Service
- Requirement: Use your material or what has been donated to our agency for these projects. No certain amount of items required. Work in your home.
- Time Commitment: Varies depending on what you are willing to do.
Assist with meal preparation, light housework or yard work for patients.
- Requirement: Attend orientation for new staff and volunteers. Background check.
- Time commitment: 2 hours per patient each week. You decide how many patients you are willing to assist.
Assist patients with life reviews.
- Requirement: Learn how to write or record life histories. Be a good listener and be non- judgmental. Attend hospice volunteer classes.
- Time Commitment: 4 – 6 hours per patient. A guideline is for you to do six life reviews a year.
You may have a skill or talent that we can use. Tell us about it!
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