Hospice Savannah’s volunteer program is currently reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions and in-person volunteer orientations are on hold until 2021. If you are super keen to join us, it will be necessary to have on-line learning instead of in-person learning. Please call Christy at 912.629.1048 for more information.
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 .Orientation is held in the Sammy Moore Community Room at the rear of Hospice House.
After training, we will ask you to submit to a fingerprint crimnal background check (in order to comply with the Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program) and 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.
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 in our administrative offices or becoming involved with Community Outreach activities or volunteering for our Hospice Savannah Thrift Shoppe in Pooler.
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.