The Value of Hospice Volunteers
If you’ve been following the Center for Hope Hospice on Facebook or in the local news, you’ve seen some wonderful stories about the volunteers who’ve been brightening up the days for our patients at Peggy’s House and Father Hudson House. Volunteers provide a very valuable service to hospice organizations, whether working directly with patients and their families or indirectly, supporting the staff behind the scenes.

Hospice volunteers are a special breed of compassionate folks who truly want to give comfort and moments of happiness to people dealing with a terminal illness. Their presence is a vital extension of hospice caregiving as it enhances the level of comfort and care patients receive.

Because of the sensitive nature of hospice work, hospice volunteers are trained on the ways in which they will directly assist patients, caregivers and families as well as the administrative tasks they’ll be performing. Issues of boundaries, communication, cultural diversity, privacy, and the end-of-life journey are all discussed at length.

The value of volunteers in hospice and the compassion they share with others cannot be overstated. A 2010 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) study found that hospice programs with higher levels of direct care volunteer involvement reported higher levels of care satisfaction from the bereaved families of hospice patients.

We Love Our Center for Hope Volunteers
At the Center for Hope, we are fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers who not only enjoy giving of their time but also spending time with our patients and their loved ones. From making room visits to serving special meals, playing music or working on a craft, these individuals are making a big difference in everyone’s lives from the activities they engage in with and for our patients. Others prefer to help out in the office. Some come as part of an area company’s community outreach program, others from houses of worship while still others for the sheer joy of giving back to others on an individual basis.

  • Our dedicated Auxiliary members plan, coordinate and execute our highly successful Wine Tasting and Fashion Show fundraisers, as well as operate our Hope Chest thrift store in Wesffield.
  • For years, a team from L’Oreal USA has come to beautify the grounds at Peggy’s House -  planting flowers and shrubbery around the property.
  • Our patients enjoyed a fun afternoon with the 4Cs Club from St. Helen’s Parish, whose members came to crochet and enjoy some social time—and donated several dozen knit caps for our patients to wear in cool weather.
  • Volunteers from several Unity Bank branches created colorful flower arrangements and hand-delivered them, with bags of fresh-baked cookies from our kitchen, to every resident at Peggy’s House and Father Hudson House.
  • Area residents come to serve special meals and help at family events. Some volunteers are even recognized by their employers for their work with Center for Hope Hospice, which, many times, results in the Center receiving a grant.
  • Last year, we told you about a young woman who procured and donated iPods for every single patient, and loaded them with assorted playlists so everyone can enjoy their favorite artists or genres of music.

You can see some of these stories on our Facebook page and read about volunteer opportunities on our website here. To find out more, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Stacy Kaplan at or call (908) 889-7780.

For further reading, click the links below to access archives of previous blog entries.

August 2018: Caring for Hospice Patients During Times of Extreme Heat

July 2018: ​Why We Love Our Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses

June 2018: ​Assisted Living at the Center for Hope

April 2018: National Healthcare Decisions Day

​April 2018: Celebrating the Life of Father Hudson

March 2018: Music Therapy in Hospice

​January 2018: Hospice Care for the Terminally Ill Who Wish to Remain at Home

December 2017: How a Super Bowl Raffle Ticket Helps Fulfill Fr Charles Hudson’s Charitable Mission 

November 2017: Grief and the First Thanksgiving

October 2017: Charity Hospice Care, Fundraising and the Center for Hope

September 2017: What is an Ethical Will?

September 2017: The Importance of Advanced Directives for Hospice and Palliative Care Patients

August 2017: Choosing a Hospice Provider or Facility - What To Look For, Questions to Ask

July 2017: Addressing Your Family’s Needs When a Loved One is Terminally Ill - Part 2

July 2017: Addressing Your Family’s Needs When a Loved One is Terminally Ill - Part 1

June 2017:  Just as Cultures Vary, So Do End-of-Life Issues

June 2017: Knowing When It's Time for Hospice Care

May 2017: The Role of Nurses in Hospice and Palliative Care

April 2017: Finding Meaning and Acceptance in the Face of Loss

November 2016: Dealing with Grief and the First Thanksgiving … and Beyond

November 2016: What is Hospice?