Explore our volunteer opportunities and get involved:
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your time to support VNH. There are many ways to volunteer!
VNH also offers specialized training programs and support services for those interested in giving back to the community through volunteering.
Volunteers have a huge impact on the lives of patients and families in our care.
My favorite part about volunteering is being able to spend quality time with new people and bringing joy into their lives.
The best part about volunteering is that in addition to helping the patient, I also help the caregiver, which is usually a family member. They really need a break once in a while and I’m glad to be there for them.
Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your time to support VNH. There are many ways to volunteer and VNH offers specialized volunteer training programs and support services.
Please review the below volunteer opportunities to see if your interests, skills and availability match any of our many needs. Also be sure to check the news page to see if there are upcoming volunteer training sessions in your area.
Volunteers are important members of the comprehensive VNH support team for every patient and family. Volunteers provide companionship, respite for caregivers, and lend a hand with practical needs. VNH provides specialized training and support and thoughtfully works with each volunteer and family to create a meaningful connection. Volunteer assistance may include:
- Engaging in conversation; listening
- Preparing a meal; shopping
- Reading aloud books or newspapers
- Playing cards, games, or sitting in quiet companionship
- Basic in-home pet care such as dog walking, grooming, litter box changing
Trainings are conducted throughout the year.
As part of our commitment to partnering with the We Honor Veterans program, VNH is looking for Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteers. This program aims to pair recruited Veteran volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Once paired with hospice patients who also have military experience, Veteran volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with each patient thereby creating an environment where life review and healing can occur.
- Assist Veterans in reminiscing/telling life stories.
- Educate and assist patients in receiving Veteran benefits.
- Take part in pinning ceremonies or distribute certificates for Veterans Day and other recognition events.
VNH Community Clinic Nurses provide services year-round in senior centers and senior housing facilities. Volunteers help greet patients, assist patients with completing forms, and more.
Volunteers provide valuable help with administrative tasks in our White River Junction office, assisting with mailings, data entry, and other tasks as needed.
VNH receives municipal support from more than 80 towns in our service area. Volunteers help us meet annual requirements related to this funding, including:
- Gathering petition signatures for selected towns during the year
- Speaking on behalf of VNH at town meetings.
This program offers a patient and family members the opportunity for a restaurant meal in their home. Each month, one family is chosen to receive a dinner date. Local restaurants then donate a meal to the family. As a dinner date volunteer, you would help to pick up the meal, set up the home and table, serve as wait staff for the family and provide clean up after the meal.
Vigil volunteers are assigned to bring comfort, support and companionship to patients and their family members or facility staff during the during the time in the final hours/days before the patient’s death. The vigil volunteer must be willing to be called for assignment on short notice.
Bereavement volunteers help to provide support during the 12 months following the passing of a hospice patient. Tasks can include helping in the office with hospice mailings, phone calls to bereaved families, and visitation with family members. Often volunteers continue with the family of their assigned patient through the bereavement months.
Special events volunteers work under the supervision of the volunteer coordinator and the event chairperson to offer help and support. Tasks could include helping with set up and tear down, handing out materials, and assisting staff with event related needs.
This program grants wishes to VNH Hospice patients that are battling life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers assist in giving compassionate assistance to those at the end of life’s journey and making their wishes come true.
Patients and families often share stories about ways they were impacted by the care VNH provided. These are deeply gratifying to read and a testament to our commitment to enriching lives by delivering outstanding home health and hospice services. If you’d like to share your experience with VNH, write us a letter or send us an email and we’ll include it in a special section on our website.
It’s wonderful being a part of VNH. I have a fellow that I visit now and every time before I’m driving up the road to get to his house which is out in the middle of nowhere I say to myself, ‘What in the world can I possibly do today and give?’ Leaving I say, ‘Wow I got more back than I ever could have given.’ You guys do good work and it’s great to be a part of it.
Hospice volunteering offers me a chance to show caring, share respect, listen to stories, and hopefully leave a sense of peace behind when I exit a home.