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.

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 at 612-728-2408.
  2. Ask two people to complete references by using this form 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 the Minnesota 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. Complete an initial screening interview.
  5. Complete hospice or palliative care 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, 4 hours for palliative care volunteers, and 2 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 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. 

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 the link above to fill out an application. If you have further questions, call 612-728-2408.

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.