Hospice Caring Volunteer Training Information and Application for Upcoming Training - October 2, 3, & 4, 2018

Volunteers are the heart of Hospice Caring. In order to responsibly serve patients and the bereaved, every volunteer who works directly with clients must complete a three-day

(8:30 am to 4:00 pm) introductory training session, which is often described by graduates as a transforming experience. Sessions are held four times a year.

Our volunteers are valued for their compassion, their willingness to provide assistance in time of need, and their many interests and talents that support all aspects of the organization. For more than 20 years, thousands of volunteers have earned Hospice Caring its reputation for outstanding service and care.

We know you have many choices when you select an organization that is worthy of your time, talents, dedication, and enthusiasm. Thank you for considering Hospice Caring!

In exchange for our volunteers' time, Hospice Caring offers a friendly, professional team that values talents and appreciates one’s desire to serve the Montgomery County community. Our organization holds staff and volunteers accountable for respecting diversity and differences, and we have policies for maintaining a professional working environment. We honor our volunteers each year at our volunteer appreciation event.

If you are interested in any volunteer opportunity with Hospice Caring, please contact us by phone at 301-869-HOPE [4673] or send an email with 'Volunteer Interest' in the subject line to hospice@hospicecaring.org.  Please see the video and list below to learn more about our various volunteer options.


Volunteer caregivers serve those who are on their end-of-life journey – and their families – by simply being there as a companion and listener, their most important role. In preparation for this service, volunteer caregivers complete the Volunteer Training.

Volunteers control and choose the support services they wish to provide. Hospice Caring carefully matches the needs of the patients and families with the appropriate caregiver. Some suggestions are the following, which past caregivers have provided:

  • compassionate care for a terminally ill patient
  • practical and emotional support for a patient's family and friends
  • accompany ambulatory patients on outings
  • listen to patients and their families
  • transportation for patients and families
  • shopping, delivering groceries, and running errands
  • light home repair skills for patients and families
  • child care and companionship

If you are available to act as a fill-in caregiver for others who go on vacation, we have a need for on-call caregivers.

Adult Bereavement Facilitators 

Volunteers serve as facilitators for bereavement groups. Our peer-support bereavement groups offer grieving individuals an emotionally safe place where they may tell their stories, help others who are also grieving, and gently begin the healing process. Bereavement facilitators for our adult support groups complete both the Volunteer Training and Adult Bereavement Training. The Adult Bereavement Training is offered on a Saturday and Monday evening to support the working volunteer.  After completing both trainings, they are assigned in two-person teams to co-facilitate 1½-hours-long meetings. The frequency of meetings varies. Some groups meet during the day, but most meet on weeknights from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Good Grief Club Facilitators (Children's Bereavement)

Good Grief Clubs offer peer support in a safe environment for children in grades K-12 to discuss their feelings about the death of a loved one. Good Grief Club facilitators complete both the Volunteer Training and Good Grief Club Training. The Good Grief Club Training is offered on two weekdays.  When they are assigned to a school, they co-facilitate seven weekly sessions with the school counselor. Depending on the ages of the children, sessions range from 30 to 50 minutes.

Camp Erin Volunteers (Children's Bereavement)

At our weekend-long children’s bereavement camp, known as Camp Erin, adult volunteers serve in a variety of roles. We especially need volunteers who can serve as a “Big Buddy” to a child who has recently experienced the death of a loved one. A Big Buddy provides caring support to his or her assigned Little Buddy by listening to the child discuss the loss, both in the supervised group sessions and throughout the camp events. Big Buddies attend a one-day orientation training held on a Saturday.

Administrative & Event Volunteers

Hospice Caring’s administrative and event volunteers assist the organization in every aspect of its programs and operations, as well as support our many events and volunteer for the garden committee. Our volunteers, to whom we owe our unending gratitude, range from high school and college students to working adults and retirees. Our administrative, event, and on-call volunteers will enjoy a comfortable office working environment at the Cottage, which has free parking adjacent to the Cottage and a central location in beautiful Bohrer Park, a great midcounty location off Rt. 355, accessed by bus services along Rt. 355.

Administrative volunteers are asked to commit approximately five hours each visit. While we work with each volunteer's personal schedule, our hope is to maintain a dedicated group of volunteers each week for a smooth and efficient work schedule. Examples of some tasks that administrative volunteers may be involved with include:

  • Assisting in the Cottage with a multitude of organizational and administrative tasks such as answering the phones, completing mailings, organizing files and working on program and event materials
  • Researching grants
  • Participating as a speaker with the Speakers Bureau
  • Marketing, publicity, and news media
  • Business and creative writing
  • Using and managing information technology
  • Multimedia, graphic design, and photography

Event volunteers may co-chair an event, help fundraise, or volunteer prior to and/or at the event itself. While providing an extremely worthwhile service in volunteering for our fundraising efforts, event volunteers have fun, too. Our current fundraising endeavors include the gala, quarter auctions, gift wrapping at local stores (between Thanksgiving and Christmas), a booth at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals (three or four times each year), and two memory and honor events—the Garden Tea Party and the Tree of Love, a tribute to those who have touched our lives.

Garden volunteers have the pleasure of working in Hospice Caring’s beautiful Cottage gardens. Among the gardens are the Labyrinth Garden, the Rose Garden, the Patio Garden, and the Children’s Garden. The Garden Committee chair works with the volunteers to set their schedule each year that allows flexibility and yet provides the necessary time needed to keep the gardens healthy and attractive.

Our “on-call” volunteers are called on for short-term or “last-minute” projects and/or events when additional volunteers are needed.

Comments from Administrative and Event Volunteers

  • “I was surprised that so many volunteers are here to use their professional expertise from their careers, not to do routine tasks. I’ve learned a lot from them.”
  • “I’ve been challenged to figure out solutions in software that I’ve never attempted—and they worked!”
  • “I’ve volunteered with national nonprofits and felt unappreciated. But at Hospice Caring, I’m constantly told how grateful they are for my time and skills. It’s very satisfying to volunteer here.”
  • “There’s no ego, so no job is too small.”

Volunteering at Hospice Caring

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