Volunteering with Hospice Atlanta is a great way to give back to the community, build new relationships, and learn about our mission and services.
Visiting Nurse and Hospice Atlanta are grateful to the more than 250 volunteers who contribute to the success of our programs!
Ways you can volunteer
- Visit with patients and families in their homes and in our Hospice Atlanta Center
Listen to their stories, read to them or pray with them–be a friend on their journey and provide a comforting presence. At a patient’s home you can provide caregiver respite, companionship to the patient or caregiver, or run errands. At Hospice Atlanta Center you can greet visitors, give tours, visit patients, or help with administrative projects.
- Visit with a Veteran
As a proud national hospice partner with We Honor Veterans, Visiting Nurse Health System is committed to providing end-of-life care that meets the unique needs of our Nation’s Veterans and their families. Veterans enjoy sharing their stories with volunteer companions who have also served.
- Take care of a hospice patient’s pet
Help home hospice patients and their dogs and cats stay together through the Pet Peace of Mind program. Provide services such as pet sitting, grooming, picking up and delivering food and supplies, transporting pets, changing the litter box, and taking them for walks.
- Play music at our Hospice Atlanta Center library
Contribute your musical skills to entertain and comfort our patients and families by playing our baby grand piano, or bringing music to our patients in their rooms or homes.
- Assist our Bereavement Team
Support our bereavement team by helping with mailings, calls to loved ones, and participate in support services after a patient has died.
- Spend a weekend at camp
Camp STARS, a bereavement camp for families offered two weekends a year, provides a safe environment for children and adults to share their feelings and learn how to grieve in an emotionally healthy way. Volunteers help with various fun activities at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA
- Be a part of the Speakers’ Series
If you enjoy public speaking, we have opportunities for you to give presentations about healthcare topics to your organization, facility, club, civic group or house of worship.
- Volunteer at an Event
- Join the BIG-TO-DO host committee and help us raise awareness for this annual fundraiser which benefits our Pediatric Hospice Program. Learn about the mission and services of Visiting Nurse, and share your resources and relationships to help secure in-kind and sponsorship support.
- Join the Fall Gala host committee and help plan our annual benefit, In The Moment – A Celebration of Life, by assisting with event development and leveraging your relationships to support our hospice program through in-kind and sponsorship support.
To learn more about these two event opportunities, please email the Office of Advancement or call 404-215-6010.
- Assemble care packages for Community Health clients in CCSP, SOURCE, and HCBS
Most clients who receive community health services through Visiting Nurse Health System have functional impairments and live on a fixed/limited income—with your help, our clients can maintain their hygiene, health, and dignity. We are in need of:
- Adult undergarment care packages – diapers and pull-ups/briefs in sizes Adult Small to Adult 3X (must be in original sealed packaging)
- Ensure/Glucerna care packages – all flavors; non-refrigerated
- Toiletry care packages – toothbrushes and paste; unscented lotions, body wash, wipes, hand sanitizer; emory board and nail clippers, sugar free cough drops; unscented lip balm, unscented deodorant (non-aerosol); Kleenex
- Healthy non-perishable food care packages – low-sodium soups/vegetables; fruit in own juice; granola bars, canned tuna/chicken, brown rice, etc.
For more information, please email Visiting Nurse’s Community Health Division.
How to volunteer
To learn more about volunteering for our programs, or if you have questions about your volunteer assignments, email our volunteer coordinator Ann Serrie or call her at 404-848-7955.
- Our hospice volunteer coordinator carefully matches your interests, area of expertise or special skills with the needs of our patients. No hands-on care or previous experience is necessary, but we do require you to attend a training and orientation session, and complete a background check and TB screening.
- Next Training Sessions: From 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Tuesday, November 7 & 14 and Thursday, November 9 & 16, 2017. All 4 sessions are required to complete training.
- Classes are held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the upper level of the Hospice Atlanta Center, 1244 Park Vista Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30319 (get directions). Please go to the second driveway to park and look for directional signs leading to the training room. If your small group would like to volunteer, we may be able to arrange training to take place at your location.
- Light snacks will be provided.
- To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application Form and two copies of the Reference Form.