Volunteers can help in countless ways – their exceptional support to families and staff is indispensable.
Patient Care Volunteers visit with patients primarily to provide companionship, and respite for caregivers. Their visits often allow caregivers to take a break for shopping, a meal with friends, medical appointments, or a chance to rest. Volunteers might run errands for patients, do grocery shopping, gardening, light housekeeping, help with patients’ memoirs, or just offer a friendly, listening ear. Patient Care volunteers visit patients and serve in many corners of our community: in private homes, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities, and at Casey House. These volunteers typically visit patients on a weekly basis.
Pet Volunteers bring their certified pets on visits with patients. These visits bring incredible joy to animal lovers. Through our partnerships with People Animals Love (PAL), Pets on Wheels (POW), and Therapy Dogs International (TDI) for the pet certification process, these volunteers visit in patients’ homes, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities, and at Casey House.
Bereavement Care Volunteers offer an empathetic, listening ear and emotional support to families following the death of their loved one. These volunteers receive additional training in grief support and work with our professional bereavement counselors. Some volunteers send sympathy cards and assist with mailings.
Montgomery Kids Team Volunteers visit our pediatric patients in Montgomery County, often to provide respite for the patient’s caregiver by spending time with patients’ siblings – helping with homework or playing games. These volunteers might also coordinate and shop for a patient’s birthday party, or complete beautiful memory projects for patients’ families.
Outreach Volunteers help with educational and fundraising events in the community. These events provide resources and spread the word regarding hospice services. The fundraising events enable Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice to serve patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Administrative Volunteers provide support at our Rockville headquarters and at Casey House. These volunteers assist with data entry and filing at headquarters. They answer the telephone, greet guests, and assist with general administrative tasks at Casey House.
Complementary Therapy Volunteers receive additional training to provide holistic, sensory-based experiences for patients, including Reiki and Comfort Touch®. This group of volunteers also includes our Threshold Choir members, who provide beautiful a cappella bedside singings for patients.