Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County, Inc.

Sharing the Journey

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volunteersWho are our Volunteers

They are very caring, concerned and sympathetic people from your community who want to help others who are going through a difficult time.

They range in age from young adult to senior citizens. Some of them work full-time, some work only at their homes, some work part-time, some are retired.

In order to become a certified Hospice Volunteer it is necessary to attend a special training program. During this training the volunteers learn about the special needs of individuals dealing with a terminal illness. All volunteers are thoroughly screened.

Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County Inc. adheres to a strict confidentiality policy. We do not share any information about the client, their family, or medical condition without a signed release giving permission. The only exception to this confidentiality policy would be if we feel the client is being abused or neglected, if we feel the client is going to hurt him/herself, or if we know of or witness a crime. In these instances HVOSC is bound by law to report details to the authorities.

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Direct Care Volunteer

direct care volunteerVolunteers to give direct support to those with a life-limiting illness, provide support and solace to the grieving, and educate the community.

Tender Care Volunteer

tender care volunteerFor active hospice volunteers to receive additional training to give families/caregivers additional emotional support and guidance during the last hours in a patient’s life. Also to give companionship to a person dying alone.

Teen Volunteer

teen volunteerTo give high school students the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. These students will then use these skills providing administrative support in our office, assisting with fundraising or other events. Supporting community clients and their families, spreading the word of our organization, and helping in the bereavement services. A great opportunity for teens to participate in community service.


vet to vetTo give hospice support to veterans in their community. These volunteers(veterans) will bring their military training and history to their hospice client. They will be able to offer unique opportunities that support life review and healing. They will be able to share a common language and a cultural bond that opens doors of trust. They may facilitate dissolving the barriers of stoicism and secrecy often found with Veterans and bring them peace. They may also participate in special pinning ceremonies honoring the Veterans sacrifice.

Life-Limiting Illness Volunteer

life limitingVolunteers will give direct support to those with a life-limiting illness, that come to us as a community referral. You will be able to assist individuals that are not facing death, but just need the extra assistance.

Office Staff Volunteer

office volunteerVolunteers will assist in the office. Some of the duties would include but not limited to: Answering the phone, taking messages, greeting people as they come into the office, and other office tasks that are asked of them.

Pet Peace of Mind Volunteer

pet peace of mindVolunteers will assist in the pet area. This allows families to keep their pets at home while dealing with hospice care. The volunteer may help in providing pet friendly volunteers in the home to walk, feed, clean up after, and the grant will pay for needed medications, food and supplies or provide transportation to a vet or groomer.

Teen Bereavement Peer Volunteer

teen bereavement peer volunteerA bereavement peer is someone who is willing to help another on their journey after the loss of a loved one. The trained volunteers are compassionate teens who can “walk beside” a grieving friend or family member. Teens will be trained to encourage their peers to seek help in a variety of sources, including teen grief support groups through HVOSC.

Adult Bereavement Companion

adult bereavement volunteerA bereavement companion is someone who has been through their own grief journey and is willing to help someone else on their journey. The trained volunteers are compassionate people who can “walk beside” a grieving person; he/she will help the grieving person bear the burden of sorrow and may help them find hope for the future. The program is designed for those who cannot attend a weekly support group.

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Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County needs volunteers who want to help our patients and their loved ones.

Direct Care Volunteer Training

This training is on a rolling basis 

Free Training with Materials Provided

For more information, or to request an application and register contact: 207.474.7775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.