Optage Hospice Volunteers are a key component in the hospice care plan, because their sole function is to be a friend and companion to people who may be homebound or even bedbound, and their families. Volunteers can also perform a variety of tasks around the office.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
Please contact us or call 651-746-8200.
Optage volunteers range in age from 16 years to over 70. They come from all walks of life, all over the Twin Cities Area. They volunteer as close to home, or as far from it, as they like. Optage Hospice volunteers are often surprised at how easy it is -- and how rewarding and fulfilling. Many express regret that they "did not know about this" opportunity to make a real difference in someone´s life sooner. If you always "wanted to volunteer but just could not find the time," make the time now. It is a decision you'll feel good about every time you visit with your new friends.
Volunteers who assist with administration are a blessing to the Optage staff. Preparing mailings, collating training materials, and computer data entry are just a few of the many tasks supported by volunteers.
Training and certification is provided for volunteers who offer their time in direct patient support including visits, running errands and providing caregivers with short breaks. Certified therapy professionals may also volunteer their time and skills in music therapy, massage and/or touch therapy, aromatherapy. Visiting therapy animals and their volunteer owners are also welcome.
The highest qualification of a hospice volunteer is a genuine spirit of care and companionship, a few free hours a week, and a desire to do something nice for someone who will really appreciate you. Optage Hospice will thoroughly train you before sending you into the field. You will provide your own transportation, but Optage will compensate you for your mileage or public transportation fare.