Make a Difference in the Lives of Hospice Patients

Partners In Care helps people live as comfortably as possible through every stage of advanced illness, enhancing their quality of life. Volunteers make a remarkable difference for hospice patients and their families. Volunteers offer the life-affirming gift of being present and supportive, based on the unique needs of those they serve.

There’s no such thing as an “ideal” volunteer. Volunteers each come with their own set of life experiences that include joys, pains, skills, interests, experiences, convictions, ideologies, doubts, and hopes. They come to the role with humanity, enabling them to exhibit both empathy and compassion as they seek to support one another. Volunteering is a special calling.

Keep your heart, mind, and soul open as you prepare for this remarkable journey through volunteering. Though you are here to provide support and comfort for others, your life may be touched as well.

The dedicated volunteers of Partners In Care offer a wide variety for patients and their families:

  • Friendly visits with a patient wherever they call home – reading to them, taking a walk, writing letters, playing games, listening to their favorite music, looking through photo albums, watching television, or simply listening to their stories.
  • Run errands on behalf of a patient or their primary caregiver; delivering supplies and prescriptions on behalf of the rest of the clinical team.
  • Provide respite relief for the primary caregiver so they can have a much-needed break from the stress of caregiving or conduct business outside the home.
  • Record a hospice patient or Transitions client sharing their life stories via video, audio, or written transcription.
  • Assist at Hospice House as a greeter or to provide music. Support the staff by folding laundry, stocking supplies, and other duties as needed.
  • Participate with your registered therapy animal in our HosPet program.
  • Assist in pinning ceremonies and other activities carried out with our military veterans on hospice service.
  • Assist with the care of the gardens and grounds of the Hospice House and Partners In Care administrative campus in Bend.
  • Assist our Transitions clients (non-medical service) in person and through phone check-ins.

Current Volunteers access your BetterImpact portal here: Volunteer LogIn Page

We are Actively Seeking Hospice Volunteers

Partners In Care welcomes applications from adults who live in Central Oregon where our hospice patients and Transitions clients reside. We are especially in need of volunteers who are veterans of the military to assist in our active We Honor Veterans program. Volunteers can expect to serve between two and eight hours per month for a minimum of one year. You’ll receive a comprehensive screening and orientation session, document your volunteer activities, and record your personal mileage. All volunteers are asked to submit to a background check and drug and TB screenings.

Volunteer Orientation Dates

The next volunteer orientation will be Thurs., September 12 from 8:30 am to 5 pm in the Wyatt Room at Partners In Care. Apply online or contact Glenda Lantis, Volunteer Coordinator, at 541-382-5882 with questions!

Volunteers must meet certain requirements:
  • A meeting with the volunteer coordinator.
  • Six hours of self-paced video learning.
  • One day of in-person training.
How to Become a Hospice Volunteer
  • Complete the volunteer application here.
  • Schedule and attend an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Participate in all requirements listed above.
  • Pass a drug screening, criminal background check, and test for tuberculosis (TB).

New Volunteers apply here: