Be the Difference, Be a UH Hospice Volunteer

Do you believe that life is a journey, healing is more than curing, and that hope can be found in all situations?

Volunteers are an essential part of the University Hospitals Hospice care team. Whether offering calm, friendly support to patients and families or working behind-the-scenes, volunteers can make a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones.

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.

Jamie, a hospice nurse and case manager with University Hospitals, loved being able to make what time her patients have left, a little bit better.

UH Hospice volunteers are as diverse as the patients and families we serve. No special background is required, only a desire to help us provide the best possible experience for patients and families during one of the most important stages in life's journey. Our volunteer services coordinator will work with volunteer services coordinator will work with volunteers to find the best assignment for their skills, interests and availability.

Volunteers provide meaningful assistance to patients and families in the communities nearest to them in Northeast Ohio. In 2018 we are especially focusing on finding volunteers to serve their neighbors in and surrounding the following communities:

  • Aurora
  • Bay Village
  • Cleveland
  • Kent
  • Streetsboro
  • Westlake

Volunteer opportunities include:


  • Assist at our Warrensville Heights office one half-day each week.

Direct patient care/support

  • Companionship for patients in nursing facilities
  • Relief for caregivers
  • Errands or household tasks to help patients and families
  • Presence in the final hours
  • Legacy work with patients - video, audio, writing and scrap booking
  • Music at the bedside
  • Threshold singers
  • Pet Pals for hospice
  • Veterans Visiting Veterans; Veterans Salute Volunteers

Hospice Ambassadors

  • Represent us at community events


  • Provide soups, salads, sandwiches or bakery for hospice events

Hospice Handcrafters

  • Sewers and knitters to make hospital gowns, lap blankets and Memory Bears - a personalized keepsake designed to provide families with a huggable remembrance of their loved one.

Pro bono services

  • Attorneys for Durable Power of Attorney and simple wills
  • Licensed barbers/beauticians provide haircuts to home bound patients

Learn More

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