Are you interested in helping others?
Would you like to do something meaningful?
Then you may want to become a hospice volunteer.
Samaritan, a not-for-profit hospice organization, offers a range of volunteer opportunities – from providing companionship to patients, to assisting with office work, to helping with fundraisers. Samaritan has more than 400 volunteers who lend support in dozens of different ways in patients’ homes, at Samaritan facilities, and in the community.
At Samaritan, you will need to follow several steps to become a hospice volunteer. Parts of the process vary with the type of volunteer position you seek.
These requirements are designed to ensure a positive experience for everyone: volunteers, patients and families, Samaritan’s staff and other supporters.
If you’ve recently had a significant loss, Samaritan requires that you wait a year before you start volunteering.
For dates and times, please contact Sharon Wenner at (856) 552-3238.
Here’s a look at Samaritan’s many volunteer positions.
Samaritan operates several volunteer committees:
This program is for high school students, ages 14 to 18, who want to support Samaritan’s patients and families on an ongoing basis. SamariTeens lend a helping hand through visits, projects and participation in annual events. Prospective SamariTeens must submit a Youth Application.
For teens needing service hours, we do have independent projects such as collection drives, crafts and fundraisers.
The store manager calls the volunteer to schedule on-the-job training.
These volunteers call people who have recently experienced a loss, and remind them that Samaritan is still there to help if they need us. Callers work from home, and the position requires 2 – 4 hours a month.
Samaritan provides a 2½-hour training session that includes understanding grief and loss, coping, and “red flags” (signs the bereaved person needs professional help, and how to address that need).
Virtua Occupational Health, a part of Virtua Health, will perform the following four (4) requirements at no cost to you!
The volunteer provides companionship to the patient and family, and/or caregiver relief, 2 – 4 hours weekly in patients’ homes, assisted living centers, nursing homes, or a Samaritan inpatient hospice center in Voorhees or Mount Holly.
Patient/Family Support volunteers serve as caring friends for chatting or sharing activities — such as watching TV together, playing games, listening to music, or reading.
Training consists of five 3-hour sessions at a Samaritan facility. It includes an overview of Samaritan and its services, volunteer duties and responsibilities, infection control, communication, dynamics of death and dying, and bereavement.
Veterans often appreciate contact with another vet or active-duty service member – someone who can personally relate to their life in the military. These volunteers share service stories and experiences. They help secure lost medals, and assist with recognition ceremonies. They may record the veteran’s stories to preserve in the Library of Congress or for the family’s legacy.
Samaritan provides patient/family support training so volunteers feel comfortable and prepared to assist their fellow vets.
Vigil volunteers must first serve as Patient/Family Support volunteers for at least 6 months, and complete advanced training. These volunteers provide a supportive presence during a patient’s final hours. They offer a beautiful, final gift of peace and solace to patients and families.
These volunteers bring their certified therapy dog to visit patients each week in their assisted living facility, nursing home, or a Samaritan inpatient center in Mount Holly or Voorhees. Your dog must be certified by a therapy organization such as Bright and Beautiful or Alliance of Therapy Dogs and you must provide your pet’s shot history and yearly veterinarian exam paperwork. Pet therapy volunteers must attend the Patient/Family Support volunteer training (described above).
Samaritan’s Transitions program helps people with a progressive illness who are not ready for hospice care. Transitions callers make phone calls to these patients and families every two weeks, for 2 – 4 hours, from Samaritan’s Marlton office.
These volunteers must complete the first two weeks of Patient/Family Support training (described above).
Volunteer greeters welcome families and visitors to the Samaritan Center at Voorhees, our freestanding inpatient hospice. They also escort people as needed, answer phones and direct calls. Scheduling is flexible, and shifts are available 7 days a week.
Administrative volunteers provide clerical assistance in Samaritan’s Marlton headquarters, including typing, filing, scanning, data entry that support patient and family services. These volunteers support a specific department, such as Medical Records, Marketing, Human Resources and the like, for 2 – 4 hours a week. Available hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Samaritan trains Greeters and Administrative Volunteers together in a 3-hour session. Training includes an overview of Samaritan, infection control, safety, procedures, and a tour of the Samaritan Center at Voorhees.
You can share the gift of music in Samaritan patients’ assisted living facilities or nursing homes, through performance and musical interaction. Volunteer performers represent Samaritan at care facilities.
Training consists of a 2½-hour session, which includes an overview, volunteer duties and responsibilities, infection control, and safety.
If you have questions about how to become a hospice volunteer, please call Sharon Wenner at (856) 552-3238 or email swenner@SamaritanNJ.org.