Serving as a Hospice Savannah volunteer can challenge you, fill your heart and enrich your life. Our volunteers are men, women and teens (ages 16 – 17) who have a sincere desire to help others and have two to four hours per week to volunteer.
You will be prepared for your role by a free, comprehensive training program. No previous experience in the medical field is necessary. Teens must have parental consent to participate.
Prior to training, you will be asked to complete paperwork so we may run a criminal background check and check your references, and after training you will meet our Infection Control Nurse for a health screen and TB testing. Flu vaccination is also required.
If you choose to work with our patients you will receive additional training with our clinical staff.
Orientation is held in the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Drive (off Chatham Parkway) and 2018 dates are:
Monday, January 8th, 8:15-5:00 pm
Monday, March 12th, 8:15-5:00 pm
Monday, May 14th, 8:15-5:00 pm
Monday, July 9th, 8:15-5:00 pm
Monday, September 10th, 8:15-5:00 pm
Monday, November 12th, 8:15-5:00 pm
Step one is to complete an application form! Click here to complete an on-line volunteer application form. For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 912.355.2289.
Hospice Savannah Thrift Shoppe volunteers do not need to meet the same requirements. Click here for information on volunteering at the Thrift Shoppe in Pooler!
Edel Caregiver Institute volunteers should complete the application form located under the orange “Volunteer” button in the opening page of the main web page.
How We Utilize Our Volunteers
You can provide companionship to patients in their homes, in local nursing homes or assisted living facilities, or in our Hospice House. As a patient and family volunteer, you may run errands, transport a patient or caregiver to an appointment or to the stores, provide music, prepare an easy meal, or simply provide a friendly conversation.
You may be a professional photographer or a licensed beautician or certified massage therapist who would like to share your skills, or you and your certified therapy dog may enjoy becoming part of our Hug-a-Pet program.
If you choose not to volunteer directly with patients, you may want to help our Full Circle bereavement staff make follow-up calls to family members after their loved one has died, help counselors facilitate grief support groups, or volunteer at our annual children’s Grief Camp.
Other options include using your data processing and computers skills to volunteer at our administrative offices on Chatham Parkway or becoming involved with Community Outreach activities. If you are interested in volunteering for our Hospice Savannah Thrift Shoppe, please click here for information.(LINK coming)
We encourage you to discuss your interests and motivation for volunteering with our staff so we can make your experience rewarding. For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 912.355.2288.
Click here to read an article from WTOC.com and watch the related video as Senior Companion volunteers explain how they help our patients.