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Volunteering Overview

Hospice volunteers serve patients and their families in homes and long-term care facilities in addition to providing administrative help in the hospice offices locations noted below.Training is held in Washington,DC, and Maryland, and generally totals 16 - 20 hours. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at the office nearest you for more information and to sign up to volunteer.

Community Hospice of Washington
3720 Upton Street NW
Washington DC

Community Hospice of MD South
4041 Powder Mill Rd, Suite 600
Beltsville, MD

Inpatient Unit Volunteer (IPU) (Washington location only)
Provide non-medical support services to patients and their families to include: companionship and emotional support, assist with feeding patients, fill water pitchers, assist ambulatory patients in walking and assist with answering phones and greeting visitors.

Homecare and Long-term Care Volunteer
Provide non-medical support through companionship and friendly visits to patients and caregivers in their homes or in long-term care facilities. May consist of reading to patients, preparing light meals, helping families with limited shopping and errands and listening to a patient share thoughts.

Bereavement Volunteer
Provide grief education and telephone follow-up for individuals and groups. Requires an additional 8-12 hours of training and supervision.

11TH Hour Volunteer
Provide support and a caring presence to hospice patients dying alone by helping supplement the professional hospice team. Must complete the hospice training program and be an active volunteer for at least six months before serving as an 11th Hour Volunteer. Requires additional training.

Click here to Download a volunteer application in PDF format (requires Adobe Acrobat).

The Washington Home
Volunteer  Opportunities

Administrative Support
Provide clerical assistance to include; answering the phone, filing, assisting with mailings, organizing medical supplies and assembling admission packets. An additional three-hour training session is required.

Special Events 
Provide administrative help with mailings and event logisticsincluding hotel set up, food and beverages ordering, and on-site registration.

Mealtime Assistant
Help residents with special needs at mealtimes. Additional training provided.

Friendly Visitor
Visit an assigned resident weekly to help with letter writing and reading.

Nursing Unit Support
Assist unit clerks with phones and clerical duties.

General Clerical Support
Answer phones, assist with typing and filing and other assignments.

Four-legged Friends
Bring a pet to visit residents.

Volunteer opportunities at The Washington Home do not require training except where noted below. For more information and to volunteer your services, please contact Charles Bond at 202.895.0104 or e-mail cbond@thewashingtonhome.org.

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