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Video - Bernie Foerster; Helen McDonough; Sarah Sweda; Kevin Donlin

Are you interested in becoming a hospice volunteer? Please contact us at (570) 706-2400 or

Volunteers are invaluable to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart program. They provide both practical assistance and compassionate care to our patients and family members. Hospice volunteers demonstrate a deep commitment to the hospice concept and to their desire to help others. Volunteers may lend their time and talents in two different capacities.

Patient/Family Assistance

Volunteers may provide direct patient and family assistance. These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Sitting with patients
  • Making phone calls
  • Running errands for patients and/or caregivers
  • Pickup and delivery - Volunteers who enjoy driving can pick up and deliver prescriptions and supplies and run errands for patients and caregivers
  • Handy man/woman - Volunteers are sometimes needed to build a wheelchair ramp, tend a garden or repair a handrail for a patient

Volunteers interested in direct patient and family assistance are asked to complete a volunteer training course.

Non-Patient Assistance

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Administrative Volunteers can help with data entry, creating forms and preparing documents. Some knowledge of computers is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers are also needed to answer phones, file documents, operate the copy and fax machines, prepare handout packets and keep the office running smoothly.

Speaker’s Bureau Volunteers who enjoy speaking to small groups and have a desire to help educate the community about hospice care can serve in our Speaker’s Bureau. Many volunteers will use this occasion to share their personal experiences regarding hospice care.

For more information on the role and importance of hospice volunteers, please visit the Hospice Foundation of America’s website here.