Hospice of San Joaquin offers rewarding experiences for individuals seeking ways to give of themselves and reach out to the community. Volunteers are an integral part of our hospice team. At Hospice of San Joaquin, you have the chance to find your perfect fit with a variety of opportunities.
Next Training: to be determined*
*[Due to COVID-19, our volunteer training is postponed until further notice.]
Volunteer training classes are offered at least twice a year, depending on demand. Our training program teaches our volunteers how to work with terminally ill patients, provide support to the patient’s family and to be familiar with the signs of oncoming illness or death.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to History & Philosophy of Hospice, History of Hospice of San Joaquin, Understanding Terminal Illness, Death & Dying issues, Grief & Loss, Communication and Listening skills, Pain Management and Family Dynamics.
Additionally, we offer ongoing educational opportunities twice per month for our volunteers. These meetings are designed as a forum to share experiences and foster personal growth. Additional in-services may be offered as the need arises.
These opportunities only require volunteers to attend the orientation portion, usually the first day, of training, though you are welcome and encouraged to experience the full training.
Choose from projects including mailings, creating gift baskets, organizing holiday packages for patient families and much more.
Support our administrative staff with your unique background and skill sets. Opportunities are available in all departments.
Help make the magic happen. Provide support for a variety of events supporting Hospice of San Joaquin including, Butterfly Auxiliary events, Tree of Lights, fairs, information booths and outside events held to support Hospice of San Joaquin.
Have a therapy or service animal? Come offer comfort and provide an uplifting experience for our patients and families. Pet therapy teams are enjoyed by our patients in the Hospice House, facilities and in the community. They are also frequently seen at grief support groups and special events.
Become an ambassador, share information about programs and services provided by Hospice of San Joaquin at local clubs, groups, schools or civic events.
All direct patient volunteers are required to attend our volunteer training in its entirety prior to working with our patients. *Further department specific training may apply.
Offer your loving heart and listening ears and meet the special needs of our hospice patients and their families. Some of the special needs of the family and patient include companionship, emotional support, practical support, and respite care.
Veteran volunteers are paired with a patient who is a veteran or has a military background. Similar backgrounds and shared experiences allow for deeper connections between the patient and volunteer. The Veteran to Veteran Program is a great way for our veteran volunteers to connect with their veteran patients.
Support members of our community after the death of a loved one. Bereavement volunteers have the opportunity to reach out to the community via follow-up phone calls or by acting as a facilitator for support groups, under the supervision of the Bereavement Supervisor. Requires five hours of additional training.
Help bring joy and peace to our patients with music. There are various opportunities to share your music, including volunteering at Camp Caterpillar or playing for patients in the Hospice House.
Make life a little easier for individuals facing advancing chronic or life-limiting illness. Offer practical assistance, support and information to patients and families in the community navigating the physical, emotional and social challenges often occurring with serious illness. (Similar to Family Care Team)
Support the Hospice House, a six-bed residential facility at our Stockton campus. Volunteers have a variety of ways they can help improve the resident’s quality of life. There are many options from basic house cleaning to patient and family companionship.
Provide company and comfort to patients who may not have any family with them in the final hours of life. Volunteers keep a vigil to ensure no one dies alone.