Volunteering at Fairview Hospice

An opportunity to make a difference
Fairview Hospice is able to provide many of its services because of the generosity of our volunteers. Serving as valued members of the health care team, volunteers enhance the patient and family experience by meeting specific needs. Explore a list of the different ways you can volunteer. To listen to one of our volunteer stories click here.
Frequently asked questions
How do I become a volunteer?

1) Fill out an online application here or request an application be mailed to you by contacting the Volunteer Department

2) Ask two people to complete references and send them to the Volunteer Department. The reference forms should be given to someone who knows you professionally (co-worker, teacher, volunteer coordinator, clergy, etc.)

3) Submit MN Department of Human Services background study form at your interview in order to be registered for fingerprinting. Minnesota law requires all health care workers, including volunteers, to be fingerprinted.

4) You will be contacted to complete an initial screening interview

5) Complete hospice volunteering training.

How long until I start volunteering?
The application, screening and training process takes about three to four weeks

How does volunteer training work?
Volunteer training is offered through a self-study format. Our self-study format is a combination of online modules and videos followed by a two-hour wrap up session. The wrap up sessions are conducted twice a month at various locations throughout the metro area, Princeton and Chisago City. Total training time is approximately 16 hours for patient support volunteers and two hours for office volunteers.

Are there costs involved?

  • Basic training and health screenings are provided at no cost to you
  • There is no mileage reimbursement for volunteers

Do I need medical experience or training?
No, all of the training you need will be provided by Fairview Home Care and Hospice.

Do I have to be a volunteer for a minimum number of hours?
  • A typical volunteer works 2-4 hours weekly. Scheduling is flexible.
  • Volunteers must give at least three months of service.  
  • Volunteers must give at least 50 hours of service within a year of training.

Where will I be volunteering?
  • Our patients are located throughout the Twin Cities metro, Princeton and Chisago City areas. Patients live in their private homes or in care facilities such as nursing homes or assisted living.  
  • Volunteers must have access to transportation by car that they can use to transport themselves to the patients’ homes.
  • Volunteers choose their own assignments and typically see patients within 10-30 minutes of their own home.
  • Office volunteers can work at the hospice office in Minneapolis, Princeton or Chisago City.
  • If you want to volunteer at a hospital, that is a different program. Find information about hospital volunteer programs.
What are the requirements for hospice volunteers?
  • Ability to transport yourself to patient’s homes and/or the hospice office
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively by phone, in person, and in writing
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Criminal background check through fingerprinting
  • Health screening at a Fairview hospital
  • Two written references
  • Not actively grieving a loss

Interested in volunteering at Fairview Hospice?

Use the links above or call 612-728-2408

Volunteer Services
Fairview Home Care and Hospice
2450 26th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
FAX 612-728-2400
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