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Optage Volunteers are an integral part of our hospice team, filling roles from direct patient contact to clerical duties. Hospice volunteers have described their work as gratifying, inspiring, honoring, memorable and emotionally meaningful. Our volunteers consist of retirees, medical students, family members of a loved one who benefited from Hospice, stay at home parents, Corporate employees who get paid time off to volunteer and individuals from other walks of life.

"I was inspired to volunteer with hospice by my Gramps. He was put into Hospice care a few years ago and their support made an impact on my entire family. I wanted to be that support in someone else’s life." Kate Hamburg (our youngest volunteer)

"I'm motivated to volunteer in hospice when I see the time and activities my resident and I partake in, impacting their mood weekly. It's rewarding to know that I can provide comfort to someone simply by being myself." Sarah Schwensen


Support for patients

This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, and supervising therapeutic visits with pets (pets do not need to be certified therapy animals.) Volunteers with necessary certification can also provide massage therapy.

Administrative work

A volunteer with clerical skills can serve by helping at the Hamline office with administrative duties including but not limited to mailing projects, research, assembling packets and data entry.

Special skills and interests

Do you have a special skill, interest or way that you would like to serve our Hospice patients? Optage Hospice Volunteer Relations department would love to learn more and see how your skills and/or interests would be beneficial to our Hospice patients.

How to become a Hospice volunteer:

  • Interview with a Volunteer Coordinator
  • Complete 7-8 hours of online training
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete a TB test (paid for by Optage Hospice)
  • Attend a two-hour orientation and introduction to your first patient
  • Interested in learning more? Complete an online application: Click here to sign up!

"It's an honor to be a part of one's last memories. We deserve a companion for all moments of our lives- even the last ones. My cat Ivy brings me such joy and it's special to share that with others." Anna Breland