Be a Friend
Volunteers are critical to Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County.
Hospice regulations require that at least five percent of our working hours come from specially trained volunteers. The more than 100 people who help us out do so much more than simply meet the minimum.
Patient and Family Volunteers become close to a Hospice family. They sit with the patient when a caregiver needs to be away. They provide companionship and may help with small household tasks or run errands. Many of them are the loved ones of former patients, helping other Hospice families just as volunteers helped them. Patient/Family volunteers complete a 25-hour training course.
Bereavement Volunteers provide support and companionship to Hospice families following the death of a loved one. They make phone calls to check in with grieving families or friends and mail information about upcoming support groups or services. Some volunteers facilitate support groups, while others help grieving children at our Camp 4 Seasons. Volunteers complete the 25-hour Patient/Family training course and additional training in the unique needs of bereaved individuals.
Administrative and Maintenance Volunteers spend their time in and around the office. They may answer phones, file or help with mailings. Others complete small fix-it jobs needed to keep the building in tip top shape. These volunteers complete a four-hour training course.
Hospice Helpers support Hospice in various ways, from staffing fund-raisers helping with fund raisers or mailings and other Hospice events.
Hospice has volunteer training sessions twice a year. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Hospice Volunteer, contact
Volunteer Coordinator Kendall Drexler at (607) 334-3556.