Volunteering at HealthEast Hospice

Volunteers are an integral part of the HealthEast Hospice care team. They offer a gentle presence, a helping hand and a compassionate ear. Volunteers serve a variety of important functions. Whether offering respite for caregivers, preparing a light meal at the Pillars Hospice House or sitting with a patient sharing a silent moment, Hospice volunteers provide care and companionship.

We welcome all who are interested in volunteering, but our current greatest needs include music volunteers, military veteran volunteers, male volunteers and weekend volunteers for our Pillars Hospice Home located in Oakdale.

To become a volunteer

To learn more about becoming a HealthEast Hospice volunteer, call 651-232-3412 or send us an email.

Current HealthEast Hospice volunteers can login here

Frequently asked questions

How does volunteer training work?

Our volunteers are very qualified, receiving over 20 hours of training.  Our volunteer training program explores the physical, spiritual and emotional issues surrounding Hospice care. Volunteers  are also presented with on-going educational opportunities to strengthen and develop their skills.

Where do volunteers assist?

Hospice volunteers assist in a variety of areas. While specific duties may vary, some examples include:

  • Home care volunteers
    Provide respite for caregivers
    Read, write letters, play cards or games
  • Music volunteers
    Play musical instruments and sing (professional background not required) to provide enjoyment and relaxation
    Help create an environment that reduces stress and anxiety, manages pain and connects patients with favorite memories
  • Long-term care volunteers
    Offer emotional, spiritual and social support to patients in assisted living centers
    Accompany the patient to various activities or events within the care center
  • Pillars volunteers
    Assist staff with patient care needs
    Greet and welcome family members and visitors
    Assist with meal preparation and general household responsibilities
  • Administrative volunteers
    Help with mailings and special projects
    Assist with data entry and filing
  • Legacy volunteers
    Record and transcribe patient life stories 

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