Volunteering for The Denver Hospice

Volunteers can serve in a nine-county area. At The Denver Hospice, we pride ourselves on being experts in end-of-life care in Colorado, as well as national leaders in palliative care. Volunteers are important members of our circle of care and we truly value and support our volunteers!

We offer volunteer opportunities in both clinical (working directly with patients and families) and non-clinical (administrative support) roles. We require volunteers to be at least 18 years old and able to provide their own transportation. We expect a commitment of at least 1 year, volunteering 2-3 times per month. We prohibit volunteers from promoting products or services to our patients and families and we are unable to support community service hours.

Please contact our Volunteer Engagement Department at 303-228-5610 or volunteers@care4denver.org to apply. Application, interview and training required for clinical and office support volunteers.

Clinical Volunteer Opportunities
Direct Patient Volunteers

Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and companionship/socialization for hospice patients wherever they call home. This can include visiting with patients, letter writing, playing cards, reading, and providing emotional support. Special programs include:

  • Integrative Therapies
    • Animal assistance – certification/registration through Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) or Denver Pet Partners (DPP) is required, or willingness to go through program
    • Reiki – must be certified Level 1, or willingness to go through a training class provided through The Denver Hospice
    • Music – education and/or experience required
  • 11th Hour
    • Serving at the bedside of actively dying patients. Training class provided by The Denver Hospice required
  • Supporting Veterans
    • Providing company for patients who are Veterans – whether you’re a Veteran yourself, have a Veteran family member, or are just interested in supporting Veterans
  • Helping Hands Volunteers
    • The Denver Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide company for residents at skilled care and assisted living facilities by just being present for good conversation, hosting dances, playing card games and bingo nights.
Inpatient Care Center Volunteers

Volunteers interact with patients and/or families, provide socialization, assistance, staff and family support at our Inpatient Care Center. Programs include:

    • Direct patient volunteer
    • Greeter
      • Serves as the first point of contact to friends and family visitors. Includes welcoming guests, conducting tours, escorting visitors back to the nurses’ station or patient room, answering questions and telephone calls and helping put visitors at ease by fostering a warm and friendly environment.

Non-Clinical Volunteer Opportunities

Office Support

Volunteers provide administrative support to specific departments requesting volunteer assistance. This can include filing, answering phones and placing calls, copying, mailings and typing.

Special Projects

Volunteers assist with various fundraising activities or special events, usually held on an annual or one-time basis.