Brattleboro Area Hospice is a community supported organization that thrives due to the generosity, time, talent and love of our volunteers. Whether offering care to someone who is dying, supporting someone in grief, bagging items for customers at the shop, or pulling weeds at the garden, our volunteers keep this organization providing services to those who need them.
A wide variety of opportunities are available and participants may range in age from teens to senior citizens. Some volunteers may have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just people who want to help their friends and neighbors and serve the community.
Opportunities to volunteer include:
Support for hospice clients – This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, supervising visits with pets, and other opportunities for volunteers with the necessary skills. All hospice care volunteers complete a thirty-three hour training before placement with hospice clients.
Respite and support for family members – Volunteers can assist with shopping or household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.
Bereavement support programs – Volunteers can work closely with our professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting support group facilitators, providing one-on-one support to clients, and helping with mailings to clients and families. Volunteers are also needed to maintain our Memorial Garden, and work at events such as our Annual Service of Remembrance. Volunteers complete hospice care training and a twenty hour bereavement training before working with clients.
Fundraising, outreach and administrative work – We have many opportunities at our thrift Shop, Experienced Goods, located in downtown Brattleboro at 51 Elliot Street. Other responsibilities can range from preparing mailings, working with our Events Committee organizing fundraising events, and contacting possible donors. We also have a Speaker’s Bureau, which provides volunteers that are available to speak to various community groups about our services.
Continued support and ongoing in-service training is also provided for all volunteers. Our Hospice care training is offered every spring and bereavement support training is offered each fall. Dates are posted on our calendar. Please contact us at 802-257-0775 or email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.