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Our more than 200 volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They play a crucial role in supporting both our clients and the organization itself through their diverse skills and experiences, which we deeply value and appreciate each day.

Organizational Volunteer Roles at Hospice Peterborough:

  • Smiling volunteer board members at meetingJoin a Board Committee: Contribute to the governance and strategic direction of the organization.
  • Become a Member of the Board of Directors: Play a pivotal role in guiding our mission.
  • Assist in Office Tasks: Help with reception or clerical duties.
  • Support Communication and Promotion: Spread the word about our programs and services.
  • Contribute Professional Expertise: Share your skills and knowledge to benefit our organization.
  • Help with landscaping and garden maintenance.

Client Support Volunteer Roles:

  • Provide Companionship and Emotional Support: Visit clients and families to offer companionship and emotional assistance.
  • Offer Respite for Caregivers: Spend time with a client to give their caregiver a break.
  • Assist with Practical Tasks: Prepare meals, run errands, or provide practical support for clients.
  • Offer Grief Support: Provide support and comfort to families experiencing grief.
  • Co-Facilitate Support Groups: Help lead support groups for individuals in need.

Fundraising/Events Volunteer Roles:

  • Join an Event Committee: Play a vital role in planning and executing fundraising events.
  • Key Role in Event Support: Assist with events such as Hike for Hospice.
  • Volunteer Training Program: Many fundraising and event volunteers participate in our training program, though it’s not mandatory.
  • High school volunteers can also count their hours towards graduation.
Volunteer appreciation group waving from amphitheater

Volunteer Orientation, Training & Support

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at Hospice Peterborough, please reach out to Barb Ross at bross@hospicepeterborough.org or 705-742-4042 x224.

We offer a comprehensive volunteer orientation session, which provides valuable insights into our organization for those considering any volunteer role. Following the orientation, you can connect with Volunteer Services staff for a follow-up interview if you’re interested in the 10-session client support volunteer training program, held twice yearly in Spring and Fall.

This HPCO standardized interactive training program spans 30 hours and includes classes, discussions, guest speakers, and reflective exercises. It’s designed to help prospective volunteers explore their readiness and suitability for client support roles within a hospice setting. We believe in providing the necessary training and support to ensure our volunteers are equipped to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients and their families.