Volunteers fill many roles at Munson Hospice. They are an important part of the patient care team, providing a special kind of caring and compassion to Hospice patients and their families. For many volunteers, the rewards and friendships gained while offering time and energy help create one of the most gratifying experiences of their life. Munson Hospice relies on a team of dedicated volunteers to help provide compassionate, end-of-life-care not only in patient homes, but also at the Munson Hospice House.
What kind of volunteer training is required?
An initial, comprehensive, 18-hour volunteer training course as well as ongoing educational offerings is provided. An abbreviated training program for office volunteers is also available.
How do volunteers assist patients and their families?
Patient care volunteers visit, read to patients, prepare meals, run errands, provide respite care, provide bereavement follow-up visits, and various other duties. Some volunteers also provide professional hair care, massage therapy, or pet therapy.
Are there other needs for volunteers besides patient care?
Absolutely! We always have need for clerical help and committee participation in fundraising, newsletters, special projects, etc.
How much time are volunteers expected to provide?
Volunteers are asked to be available to dedicate 3-5 hours per week to Hospice when on an assignment or 8 hours a month at Hospice House.
What if I want to volunteer but work full time?
Several Munson Hospice volunteers work full time. When assigning volunteers, we work around employment schedules.
How can I apply to become a volunteer?
Contact the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (231) 935-8485, 1-800-252-2065, or email@example.com and request an application packet. Our Traverse City office is located in the Munson Community Health Center at 550 Munson Avenue.