Volunteering at Fairview Hospice

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 or listen to one of our volunteer stories.

Our patients are located throughout the Twin Cities metro, Princeton and Chisago City areas. Patients live in private homes or in care facilities. Volunteers choose their own assignments and typically see patients within 10-30 minutes of their own home. Office volunteers can work at the hospice offices in Minneapolis, Princeton or Chisago City.

Please note that hospice volunteering is different from hospital volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering at a Fairview hospital, visit their webpage. 

Looking to volunteer in the Hibbing and International Falls areas? 

Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team. They help in a variety of ways to give support to the patient, family and the team. Volunteers can offer support by listening and companionship, help in identifying the needs of the patient and family, grocery shopping or relieving the family members. Volunteers can also assist with clerical work and fundraising. Volunteer training is required and provided at no cost. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please give us a call at 218-262-6982 / 877-272-6982 (Hibbing) or 218-283-3031 / 866-748-2824 (International Falls).

Frequently asked questions

How do I become a volunteer?

  1. Visit the links below to fill out an application for the position you are interested in, or request an application be mailed to you by calling  Fairview Hospice at 612-728-2455 and asking to speak to someone in the volunteer department
  2. Ask two people to complete and return references by using this form. The reference forms should be given to someone who knows you professionally (co-worker, teacher, volunteer coordinator, clergy, etc.). 
  3. Complete an initial screening interview.
  4. Complete hospice volunteer training.

The application, screening and training process takes three to four weeks.

How does volunteer training work?

Total training time is approximately 12 hours for hospice volunteers and 2 hours for office volunteers. Training includes a mixture of online modules and videos, reading and in-person training.

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 gives 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.

What are the requirements for Fairview Home Care and Hospice volunteers?

  • Ability to provide your own transportation 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 Home Care and Hospice?

Use one of the links above to fill out an application. If you have further questions, call 612-728-2455 and ask to speak to someone in the volunteer department.

Stories about patients and families served by Fairview Hospice

In 12 minutes, see how patients and their families are served with dignity, comfort and compassion by the team members of Fairview Hospice.