Thinking about giving back? We’d like to invite you to join our team! Volunteering for Cornerstone Hospice is a unique and satisfying experience. We welcome volunteers ages 14 and up to give their time in a variety of roles and on your schedule! We have opportunities 24/7/365 and offer flexible hours. Check out our opportunities below to hear some current volunteers talk about why they love volunteering with us.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A number of opportunities await your time and talent:
Visit our patients in a variety of settings from in the home where you will give a much needed break to a caregiver, to a long term care facility where you can provide companionship to a lonely patient. We also have patients in our Hospice Houses and Inpatient Units that need comfort care and support.
Many people offer the talent of assisting in one of our Cornerstone offices (there’s one close to you!) The tasks of organizing, copying, filing, making phone calls, preparing mail outs are all part of Cornerstone’s daily effort. While it is not direct patient care, all of your tasks will be in support of some part of process that follows the care of patients.
Life Enrichment Volunteers
Do you play an instrument, sing, paint or create crafts? Or maybe you do magic or something entertaining to others? Do you have a trained Pet Therapy animal or are you a hair stylist? Then sign up to be a Life Enrichment volunteer and share your talent with a patient or, most often, with many patients.
For this program we need volunteers who are Veterans of America’s armed forces. Cornerstone Hospice honors patients who served their country by offering them this special tribute. You’ll learn how to conduct a tailor-made pinning ceremony for our Veteran patients and their family. Each Veteran is presented with a special pin and a certificate of appreciation. Plus, our Veteran volunteers provide much needed Veteran-to-Veteran companionship.
Pet Peace of Mind Program
If you love animals, this is the program for you! Pet Peace of Mind volunteers help to keep our patients and their pets together during hospice care. In this role you would help by walking dogs, transporting pets to veterinary appointments or you may escort a pet to visit their owner who is in a nursing home or other facility. PLUS, through this program we can help people plan ahead for how pets will be cared for after their gone.
These specially trained volunteers are truly rock stars! Sometimes when a patient is at the end of life, they find themselves alone. Maybe all of their loved ones have passed before them or perhaps they live very far away. At Cornerstone Hospice we believe no one should have to go on that journey by themselves. A Vigil Volunteer will sit with a patient who has no one else on their last days of life. Providing comfort, reassurance, love and support.
After the death of a loved one, Cornerstone stays connected to the family with Bereavement services, generally for 13 months or longer if needed. As a Bereavement volunteer you will be making follow-up phone calls to family members. This opportunity can be done form your home.
Community Events Volunteers
As a Community Events Volunteer you will work with our Foundation staff on fundraising events or with our marketing team as you work in a booth or table presentation at health fairs, nurse fairs or other events. Your time there will be to share the story of the beauty of Cornerstone hospice care and have fun doing it!
Bear In Mind Program
Do you love to sew? If so, Bear in Mind is a wonderful and rewarding project for your talents. Each bear is created with the patient in mind. You’ll create that patient’s unique bear from the material of clothing once worn by the patient. All materials are provided by Cornerstone except the sewing machine and thread.
……AND MORE! Attend a training to learn about all the ways you can volunteer with us.
Your first step will be to fill out the application via the link below, you will then be contacted by a member of our Volunteer Dept. to schedule you for your initial training.
Because of the interaction you’ll have with patients there are the necessary background checks, paperwork and other items that must be completed to keep you in compliance with state and federal requirements, but we’ll walk you through it
Your commitment to be a Cornerstone volunteer means:
- Attendance at all training sessions for the type of volunteer work you want to do
- Completion of a competency for the opportunities you choose
- Submit to our background check (no cost to you)
- Completion of a two-step tuberculosis screening (“TST”) for volunteers who will work with patients (administered by Cornerstone Hospice – no cost)
Questions? Feel free to call us at 866-742-6655. Simply tell the operator where you live and that you want to speak to the Cornerstone Volunteer Specialist for your area.
Welcome to the team, we can’t wait to meet you!