What Volunteers Do at Sonata HospiceSonata Hospice is looking for kind compassionate people to volunteer with us. As a Sonata volunteer, you join over 500,000 hospice volunteers through out the United States, in making a difference in someone's life. Volunteers provide the much needed support and companionship to our patients. Duties may include reading to patients, taking them to activities and life review. It is up to three hours a week and free training is provided. We also need volunteers to provide administrative help in our office. There are many ways you can help us to help others and we are looking for volunteers who would enjoy the following roles:

  • Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets, even massage therapy for volunteers with the necessary skills.
  • Respite and support for family members. Volunteers assist with shopping or household maintenance, or give family caregivers a chance to take care of necessary errands and get some much needed time away from the house. We’ve found that family members really appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through – and that’s exactly what our volunteers are.
  • Child care assistance. Sometimes families need help with babysitting, picking up children from school, or providing necessary transportation to outside activities such as music lessons, sporting practices, or club meetings. Many of our volunteers are asked to care for the family pets, and find that to be very rewarding.
  • Bereavement support programs. Hospice volunteers can work closely with our professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families.
  • Performing simple household errands.  Helping with light housekeeping chores.
  • Listening to music, singing, reciting poetry or just watching a DVD with the patient.  Our patients love to have visits and socialization and it could be as simple as an outing, walk in the park or a trip around the block in their wheelchair. 
  • Making supportive calls and visit to a family who has just suffered a loss of a loved one.  It can mean so much to a patient or a family member to receive a comforting phone call when they are sorrowing the loss of a loved one.

We are always looking for individuals who share the vision of bringing comfort, support and dignity to people who are affected by life-limiting illness. We invite you to watch this informative video on hospice volunteering:

http://www.hospicefoundation.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=171439