WELCOME, FUTURE VOLUNTEER!
Dear Volunteer Candidate,
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Washington Home & Community Hospices. We provide care to an especially precious population—hospice patients and their families. Whether you are a community member with a few extra hours per week, or a student seeking to fulfill credit or community service hours, or a team of business professionals looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, your love and compassion are welcome here! We are currently accepting applications to enroll participants in the next New Volunteers Training class.
The Washington Home & Community Hospices strives to ensure that every patient receives the best in care and support. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice Team and can serve in a variety of roles. Our foremost goal is to provide companionship to patients and their loved ones in home settings, assisted living facilities and alternative living spaces. Many of our patients benefit from a listening ear, assistance creating legacy gifts, someone to read poems and stories, or even a chess partner. Do you sing, play an instrument, or paint? Please consider your talents when you apply to volunteer, you may have more to offer a hospice patient than you imagine.
Volunteer visits are scheduled on a weekly basis (including weekends) according to the need of the patient and the availability of the volunteer, generally in 2 to 3 hour blocks of time. Visitation times are arranged at the optimal convenience for both the volunteer and patient. You are certainly welcome to visit more often, and with more than one patient. If patient visitation is not your preference, you can also support our organization by providing administrative support in one of our corporate offices (locations in DC and MD).
Please Note: Volunteers do not provide any medical assistance or personal care of any kind.
Preparing to volunteer at The Washington Home & Community Hospices involves several procedures that assist in our efforts to ensure the safety of patients and families in our care.
Below, we've included the application and a series of forms required for all Employees and Volunteers of The Washington Home & Community Hospices. The first step is to complete and return the attached documents.
Please Note: These items do not have to be notarized.
These forms give The Washington Home & Community Hospices the authority to conduct a background check, and set up a drug screening and fingerprinting for interested volunteers. Both the background check and the drug screen are a requirement by the D.C. Department of Health, for all potential employees and volunteers. When the background check, drug screening, and fingerprinting have been completed, applicants will be interviewed, and then scheduled for an upcoming training accordingly. All training requirements, including training classes, two-step TB Screening and Flu shot (required between November 1 and March 31 annually), must be completed prior to starting any volunteer assignments.
We look forward to hearing from you regarding this wonderful opportunity. Please feel free to contact my office to set up a pre-training interview. If you have any questions, I am available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at 202-590-4237.
Hear From A Volunteer