hospice volunteer reading to patientHold a hand or provide a quiet presence. Address envelopes. Feed a pet. Bake a cake. Make phone calls. Help with a caregivers errands. Listen to cherished memories. Touch a heart.

Clerical support at hospice administrative office and assistance at Health Fairs are always needed too!

To prepare volunteers for their role with hospice, we offer training that is designed to sensitize and confidently prepare you to provide comfort to persons on hospice and their families. Training sessions are offered in the fall and spring each year and detailed information will be posted as it becomes available. For more information on becoming a Hospice Volunteer, please contact Volunteer Services at (845) 565-4849 or email volunteerdept@hospiceoforange.com.Whether you want to work directly with patients and families, or perhaps in another role, you can make a big difference in someone’s life…including your own!

Hospice volunteers are important members of the hospice family team providing support to persons on hospice and their family. Bereavement support is provided by a volunteer who listens to the bereft after the loss of their loved one. Volunteers share skills and interests in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life for those served, such as:

  • Companionship
  • Caregiver relief
  • Letter-writing or journaling/video messages
  • Assistance with hobbies or crafts
  • Help organizing paperwork
  • Playing card or board games
  • Celebrating special occasions
  • Being a friend

Vigil Volunteer

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties offers a Hospice Vigil at the bedside. This kind of support provides compassion, comfort, understanding and presence at the bedside during the final hours of life. The vigil volunteer offers emotional, spiritual and practical support to caregivers during the final hours. Our volunteers know first-hand how hospice care can add meaning and purpose to the lives of persons on hospice, their family and friends.



Volunteer and Veteran Volunteer Training: Fall 2021

We are happy to report that our volunteer training has resumed. We
look forward to meeting our new Hospice Volunteers in September 2021!


Volunteer Training Fall Flyer 2021

Veteran To Veteran Volunteer Flyer 2021

When:  September 9, 10, 13 & 14
Time:    9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY  12550

 The primary role of our volunteer is to provide companionship and or caregiver relief to persons on Hospice and their families. We offer various areas of volunteering within our organization. One of which is office support in both Newburgh & Middletown locations.

Veterans, persons in the community that are bilingual and Snow Birds welcome to apply and interview. Accepting calls from interested parties on an ongoing basis even when training is filled or past deadline.

Once the prospective volunteer has graduated from the training he or she are encouraged to provide volunteer support in and around the geographic area of which you reside.

*Our need and focus are in areas of  Middletown, Goshen, Pine Bush, Montgomery, Walden, Bloomingburg, Port Jervis,  Wurtsboro and all of Sullivan County.

If you are interested in learning more about Volunteer training feel free to contact Volunteer Services via email: volunteerdept@hospiceoforange.com

Hospice Celebration of Life Program

The Hospice Celebration of Life program is available to persons receiving Hospice Care and their families through the generous gift of the Kimler Family In Memory of Frank Kimler. This program is a permanent presentation of a persons life told through the beautiful art of scrap-booking. These scrapbooks are created by very talented and experienced hospice volunteers who work with the patient and or family to create a beautiful keepsake.

Planning the scrapbook allows everyone to contribute anecdotes and family stories that may have otherwise been lost and affords family members and friends the chance to learn things they never knew.

It is a unique gift allowing a person to share their wisdom, traditions, and special moments…telling their story as only they can.

For more information contact Volunteer Department at (845) 565-4849  or volunteerdept@hospiceoforange.com