​​Prospective Volunteers

​​​​"Volunteers are vital members of the hospice team. They bring comfort to patients and their loved ones in a variety of ways-whether at a patient's bedside or supporting the mission through administrative services. They are the heart of hospice." 

-William E. Finn, President and CEO


Getting Started   

Volunteers contribute to the overall well-being of our community one person, one family at a time. In these videos, our volunteers share how they make an impact - and how our patients touch their lives. Volunteers help in many ways and are limited only by their imagination. Take a look at the many hats you could wear as a volunteer.

Ready to start volunteering?

View the list of our 2019 Volunteer Education Classes. Call 216.255.9090 or e-mail volunteering@hospicewr.org to register for your preferred class.

**It is required that a prospective volunteer wait 12 months after experiencing a significant loss before volunteering directly with patients.

Our volunteer, George Cooper, is both a Navy and Marine Veteran and a retired RN. He volunteers in many ways throughout our agency by providing companionship, participating in Veterans Recognition Ceremonies, assisting with TB tests at volunteer education classes, working with pediatric patients, providing transportation, doing community outreach and much more!

Watch his interview on WKYC-TV 3 to learn why he gives his time to Hospice of the Western Reserve.

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2019 Volunteer Education Schedule

To register for an upcoming volunteer education sessions or for more information about volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Administrative Office at 216.255.9090 or email us at volunteering@hospicewr.org.

Special Holiday Announcement : Cooking Donation Policy

During the holiday season, many people ask about donating holiday cookies for the patients and families in our care. We always welcome and appreciate the community’s generosity, but, like any other time of the year, we must follow food safety guidelines. We must require those wishing to donate holiday treats to follow the guidelines below.

To comply with food safety standards, we are not able to accept home-prepared items. Holiday treats must be pre-packaged and purchased from a grocery store or other licensed food service companies. This ensures that we can meet our patients’ health, safety and allergy needs. 

Cookies may be dropped off in the Volunteer Office at the Ames Family Hospice House, the David Simpson Hospice House or the Medina Inpatient Care Center and we will serve them on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Drop off any perishable food products that require refrigeration within an hour of purchase.