Volunteer Program & Services

Hospice of Philadelphia welcomes you to join our team of Volunteers who provide patients and their families with compassionate end-of-life care. Our Volunteers are trained in areas such as understanding Hospice, family dynamics, listening skills, signs and symptoms of approaching death, and grief and bereavement support. By sharing a few hours every week with people facing one of the most difficult times in their life, you will not only help them, but you, too, will be enriched by the experience.

Volunteer Opportunities:

    • Patient Care Volunteer
      Visit patients in their home, a skilled nursing facility or our Inpatient Unit to provide companionship, emotional support, conversation, entertainment, or simply demonstrate listening skills.
    • Bereavement Volunteer
      Support and communicate with bereaved caregivers or family members during the grieving process. Contact individuals in person or via telephone to ascertain how they are adjusting to their loss.
    • Office / Administrative Volunteer
      Assist office staff with various duties such as filing, mailing lists, admission packets and other associated duties.
    • Crafting Volunteer
      Create heart pillows made from a loved one’s article of clothing, Knit, crochet or sew lap robes for our Inpatient Unit.
    • Special Events Volunteer
      Participate in special events pertaining to Hospice care.
    • Community Outreach Volunteer
      Speak to community organizations to share what Hospice is and all it has to offer.


VNA Philadelphia is in need of Spanish speaking volunteers to provide companionship for non-English speaking patients at the end of their life.  Comprehensive Volunteer Training is scheduled throughout the year. Topics covered include Understanding the Hospice Concept of Care, Family Dynamics, Communication & Listening Skills, and Spirituality.

To learn more about how to become a supportive presence in your community you may sign-up with our volunteer application or call the Volunteer office at 215-581-2360 or 215-581-2181, or email tscott@vnaphilly.org.