Volunteer

Be the Difference, Be a UH Hospice Volunteer

For Deborah, volunteering with UH Hospice is an intimate and rewarding experience. It's about bringing peace, joy and hope to families who are going through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Have you always wanted to be a hospice volunteer, but lacked the time to attend hospice volunteer training? University Hospitals Hospice has a solution. We are now offering a robust online training curriculum that will give you the knowledge and framework needed to confidently support people during the last phase of life’s journey. Now you can complete most of your hospice training from the comfort and convenience of your home or through your mobile device.

UH Hospice volunteers are as diverse as the patients and families we serve. No special background is required, only a desire to serve as part of a professional and caring team committed to providing the best possible experience for our clients and their loved ones.

Our volunteer services coordinators work with you to find the best assignment for your skills, interests and availability. UH Hospice serves an eight-county area in Northeast Ohio. As a UH Hospice volunteer you can make a difference to those who live in the communities nearest to you.

Memory Bear

A Memory Bear is a personalized keepsake made by volunteers designed to provide families with a huggable remembrance of their loved one.

Our team is growing and is especially in need of volunteers who could serve in the following communities:

  • Ashtabula County
  • Geauga County
  • Lake County
  • Portage County
  • Northwest Cuyahoga County (Westlake and surrounding communities)

Available opportunities:

  • Administrative support: (offices in Parma and Warrensville Heights)
    • Microsoft Office and general office skills
    • Receptionist at Seasons of Life hospice inpatient unit in Parma
  • Direct patient care/support:
    • Companionship for patients in nursing facilities
    • Relief for a family caregiver by sitting with patient in homes for a few hours
    • Errands or household tasks to help patients and families
    • Presence in the final hours
    • Legacy work with patients, video, audio, writing and scrapbooking
    • Music at the bedside
    • Threshold singers
    • Pet Pals for hospice
    • Veteran to veteran visits for companionship or recognition of service
    • Kitchen and laundry assistance at Seasons of Life inpatient unit in Parma
  • Hospice ambassadors: Events, networking and representation at community events
  • Hospitality: Provide soups, salads, sandwiches or bakery for hospice events
  • Hospice handcrafters: Sewers and knitters to make hospital gowns, lap blankets and Memory Bears
  • Pro bono services:
    • Attorneys for durable Power of Attorney and simple wills
    • Licensed barbers/beauticians provide haircut to homebound patients

Learn More

To learn more about how to become a UH Hospice volunteer in your northeast Ohio community, contact University Hospitals Hospice Volunteer Services at 216-765-2737 or .