What Are VNA Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers provide important services to our hospice organization and the people they serve. Whether it's providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by our hospice program.

Opportunities are numerous and we would love to explore volunteer options that would match you with the volunteer opportunity that best suits you. There are many avenues in which anyone could offer their help and support.

To become a volunteer please complete the VNA Volunteer Application and contact sjutras@elliot-hs.org (603) 663-4008 for an interview.

Here’s what our volunteers say about their volunteer experiences with VNA Hospice:

Joyce Robitaille a hospice volunteer since 2013
“As a VNA Hospice Volunteer, the opportunity to interact with the diverse, beautiful patients to whom I've been assigned, has brought with it many touching and growing experiences. And I believe one would be hard pressed to find a more incredible group of volunteers to work alongside with!”

Jackie St. Hilaire a hospice volunteer since 2013
“I have had many close encounters with sickness and near death. I am not in denial when it comes to death and dying and I believe that it is good to have support during the dying process. I can’t imagine going through the transition alone. Come and see what our VNA hospice program can do for you and others in our community.”

Gail Cherochak a hospice volunteer since 2014
“Being a VNA hospice volunteer is the only volunteer activity I would not give up. The variety of volunteer activities gives me a chance to be creative, and the staff members are great about listening to new ideas. Most of all, I love to interact with families and patients heart-to-heart when they need us most.”

Carol Richards a hospice volunteer since 2006
“The beauty of the VNA is the variety of programs available that allow you to use your best skills. As I tell the patients I visit, “As a volunteer, my only job is to visit and talk. It doesn’t get any better than that!!” I think most VNA volunteers will tell you that it is an honor to be part of someone’s life during these precious moments that fills you with a warm, satisfying feeling.”

Sundy Clark a hospice volunteer since 1988
“Through VNA I have found a way to do what my heart desires; help those in difficult places at difficult times, and really make a difference."

Karen Healey a hospice volunteer since 2006
“If you find volunteering is in your blood then your heart may lead you to Hospice. There is no more unique a gift than to volunteer in the life and the passing of life in volunteering with the VNA and Hospice program. So many unique and varied needs and talents are welcome. I cherish every moment of service I am allowed to be a part of.”

Roby Robitaille a hospice volunteer since 2006
“Becoming a VNA hospice volunteer is one of the best things I have done. I've met many wonderful people -both patients and fellow volunteers. Whether it is sitting vigil, visiting a home patient or working with grief, you feel that maybe you've made a difference in someone's life and that's a good thing."

Pat Berube a hospice volunteer since 2006
“Like many volunteers we have lost our loved one to a variety of illnesses. It is a wonderful way to offer help and support in an array of projects. In my role I offer support to the VNA Chaplain’s Volunteer Coordinator and a variety of tasks. The VNA staff is a dedicated and positive caring group of employees who always appreciate any time and effort we volunteers offer.”