The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that approximately 400,000 hospice volunteers contribute more than 18 million hours per year.

Why are Volunteers important?

Hospice volunteers are the heart of Hospice and among its most valuable resources. They can bring companionship to people who are on our program and respite and support to the caregiver and other family members. Volunteers are drawn from every age group and background. All Hospice Volunteers are committed to making a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Hospice Care Network, please click here. The Hospice Care Network Volunteer application is available in PDF Format. (PDF Format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. If your computer doesn't automatically open this file, please download a free copy here.) You may then fax the application to (516) 832-7160 or mail it to our offices at Hospice Care Network, 99 Sunnyside Boulevard, Woodbury, NY 11797.


The completion of a 16-hour training program is required of all Patient Care Volunteers. An experienced Patient Care Volunteer may take additional training to become a Bereavement Volunteer. On-the-job training and supervision is provided for all other volunteers. A volunteer coordinator can provide more information about training requirements and schedules. Call today and speak with a Volunteer Coordinator.

What can I do as a volunteer?

Hospice Care Network integrates volunteers in all aspects of its programs.

Massage Therapy Program:

  • Provide gentle massages for those facing life limiting illnesses
  • Provide chair massages for caregivers

Patient Care Volunteers:

  • Provide practical help for overburdened families
  • Offer respite relief to allow caregivers a few hours "off"
  • Read, write, listen or sit by the side of a person who is on our program
  • Hairdressers/barbers can donate their skills
  • Act as a friendly visitor
  • Become members of HCN’s Speakers’ Bureau

Administrative Volunteers:

  • Provide assistance to Office Staff with clerical assignments
  • Utilize computer skills
  • Attend to special projects

Bereavement Volunteers:

  • Provide assistance to Hospice Bereavement Staff
  • Provide support to Hospice family members by making telephone calls, sending cards and correspondence

Junior Volunteers:

  • Donate time as part of school projects
  • Utilize their knowledge, such as computer skills, to assist with office projects
  • Become a Lollipop Leader - these volunteers are trained to work with children, assisting the children's bereavement department with groups, being a buddy, and working with arts and crafts.

Pet Therapy Volunteers:

  • Provided in partnership with the Bide-A-Wee home

Special Skills Volunteers:

  • Are involved in Committees and Board of Trustees participation
  • Take an active part in fundraising and special events
  • Graphic design
  • Give a haircut
  • Researcher

Work with children

For all roles within the Children’s Bereavement Program, open communication with the Children’s Bereavement Staff is imperative. Prior to and after each session, volunteers will meet briefly with Children’s Bereavement Staff. This meeting time is included in the time frames listed above. Volunteer acceptance into the “Children’s Helping Hands” program will be at the discretion of the Volunteer and Children’s Bereavement Departments. In order to apply for the Parent Rap Leaders, volunteers must first complete the Patient Care Training Program. For applying as a Volunteer Buddy and Volunteer Greeters, volunteers must first complete Administrative, Complementary, Patient Care or Junior Volunteer Training.

Parent rappers

These Leaders assist with facilitating a group of parents in discussions regarding their children’s grief. Parent Rap Leaders ensure discussion is child focused and redirects discussion as appropriate. Volunteers are generally needed during evening hours from 4-6 and 6-8 in the Woodbury and Bay Shore Locations.

Volunteer buddies

These volunteers provide support for children ages 1 year old to 12 years old in our facility by interacting with children in a contained, safe space, providing respite while parents are in session. Volunteers provide a listening ear, play with the children, assist with homework, and provide a positive presence. Volunteers are generally needed during evening hours from 4-6 and 6-8 in the Woodbury and Bay Shore Locations.

Meeters and greeters

These volunteers ensure the smooth transition of all participants by welcoming families, directing participants to assigned rooms, encouraging families to be respectful of the work environment, explaining various bereavement services, and providing other administrative tasks as requested. Volunteers are generally needed during evening hours from 4-6 and 6-8 in the Woodbury and Bay Shore Locations.

Lollipop leaders

This volunteer position is for teens between the ages of 13-18. As a "Lollipop Leader" volunteers will be working directly with children, helping them with art projects during groups, or providing interaction with the children while their parents are in groups by playing, reading, or watching videos with them. "Lollipop Leaders" will also prepare arts and crafts for the Camp and provide additional support to our Children’s Bereavement staff. Volunteers will be invited to participate in our one day Children’s Camp. A love for children and a bright smile is required!

Massage Therapy Program

Massage therapy services are performed by the Program Coordinator and a group of trained volunteer Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs). We provide modified (patient- and environment-specific) massage therapy free of charge to patients and families in our three in-patient units.  We offer chair massages to clinical staff for educational, self-care and stress management purposes. Additionally, we share educational materials with clinicians in order to raise awareness of the therapeutic value of massage therapy for patient care.

  • All volunteer Massage Therapists in our program are licensed by New York State.

Our massage program offers individualized LMT orientation and ongoing mentorship to enable volunteers to acclimate effectively and confidently into the hospice environment. Our curriculum is designed to encourage volunteer LMTs to think differently about the application of massage therapy for people facing life limiting illnesses. Curriculum includes:

  • Specifically modified and slow massage technique (with periodic review)
  • Program operations training, such as record keeping, location of supplies, etc.
  • Infection Control review
  • Hospice Program and Bereavement overview
  • Shadowing of Program Coordinator to observe techniques and protocols

The Massage Program Coordinator offers ongoing training, supervision, support, and debriefing of our LMT volunteers.  Volunteers also have ongoing access to HCN support resources.

We are looking for volunteers to provide weekly 3 hour shifts at one of 3 inpatient units:

  • Franklin Hospital located in Valley Stream
  • The Hospice Suites at Harborside located in Manhasset
  • The Hospice Inn located in Melville

To apply, please complete and submit the volunteer application. For more information on the program, please call (516) 224-6439.

(516) 224-6439

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For more information on volunteer opportunities with Hospice and Palliative Care, please call (516) 224-6439.

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