Give the gift of time by volunteering with VNS Health.
Volunteers make vital contributions throughout our organization each and every day. Volunteers help with any number of activities — from visiting hospice patients to working in our offices to knitting scarves, blankets, and sweaters for our patients.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to your community. By dedicating your time, service, and skills to those in need, you can make a world of difference in other people’s lives.
At VNS Health, our volunteers also share their unique talents, whether in the form of giving haircuts, providing community outreach, or simply offering much-needed companionship to our patients.
VNS Health volunteers have made a positive impact on the lives of countless patients.
Volunteering doesn’t just affect patients — it also benefits volunteers. Volunteering improves both your mental health and your physical health by connecting you with others and giving you a sense of purpose in knowing that you are impacting the lives of others.
Benefits of Volunteering
The best part of being a hospice volunteer is feeling like I’ve made a positive impact for patients and their families.
I enjoyed volunteering at VNS Health and being a part of an organization that works at making a difference each day
Working one-on-one with the veterans has been such a rewarding experience and one I will never forget.
At VNS Health, we thank you for considering volunteering to support our patients and organization.
Volunteer Opportunities at VNS Health
VNS Health volunteers help our patients in a number of ways. Depending on your interests, skills, and availability, we’ll set you up with the best volunteer opportunities for you and for our patients.
Hospice Care Volunteers
VNS Health is committed to providing compassionate and skilled care for our patients and families — and volunteers are a key part of this.
Volunteers are the heart of our hospice care program. They provide an extra level of care and compassion that makes a world of difference in the lives of patients and their families.
Hospice volunteers help patients and their families by:
- Providing companionship (done over Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic)
- Calling newly admitting patients
- Helping patients to update extended family and creating helpful resources, such as a personal website
- Making bereavement calls (calls to check in on and support families as they grieve the loss of their loved one)
- Making holiday outreach calls to patients
- Knitting scarves, blankets, and sweaters for patients
Specially trained vigil volunteers can also provide support for a dying patient in their final moments if family and friends are unavailable. Opportunities for office support and fundraising are also available.
Hospice volunteering is incredibly rewarding — but it’s also challenging. To visit with patients, VNS Health hospice volunteers must complete a 12-hour training, which we offer on weeknights and weekends to fit your schedule.
Volunteer with VNS Health
At VNS Health, we take special care to match our volunteers’ interests with the needs of our patients and our organization. We always provide the support and training that you will need to have a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Ready to put your time and skills to work to support VNS Health and our patients?
Fill out the form below, and we’ll reach out when new trainings are available.
If you have more questions or would like to speak with a VNS Health team member, call us at 1-212-609-1570 or email us at [email protected].