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Become a Hospice Volunteer in Southern New Jersey

Big Hearts, Generous Spirits

Samaritan is a not-for-profit community-based organization that welcomes volunteers of all ages and talents.

In the 1960’s the modern concept of hospice began as a volunteer movement. Although hospices have grown to include paid staff members from many disciplines, volunteers continue to play a heartfelt and integral role in the good work of hospice.

What do hospice volunteers do?

Hospice volunteers have diverse opportunities to share their time and talents, whether it’s in a patient’s home, in the office, or in the community.

Some volunteers visit patients to offer companionship. Other volunteers help in the office with administrative tasks such as data entry and filing.

Volunteers also greet guests at The Samaritan Center at Voorhees, assist at our thrift store, or serve on a committee. Hospice volunteers can serve as music performers or visit patients with their already-certified pet therapy dog too!

We do, however, maintain a one-year wait period after a significant loss before a person can begin volunteering.

Read about two Samaritan patient-family volunteers and why they got involved. Why become a hospice volunteer? >>

Hospice Volunteer Description

You do not have to be a healthcare professional to volunteer with Samaritan. We welcome you to use the talents you already have, or if you’d like, broaden your horizons and learn new skills. We do ask that all New Jersey hospice volunteers bring the following qualities to their work at Samaritan:

  • good communication and listening skills
  • a nonjudgmental attitude
  • reliability
  • flexibility
  • compassion

Getting Involved

Samaritan holds 60-minute volunteer orientation sessions to provide an overview of the hospice philosophy and detailed information about volunteer opportunities at Samaritan. Click to fill out an application and to learn more or fill out a teen application

Explore: The advantages of becoming a hospice volunteer >>

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Teen Volunteers >>> Become A SamariTeen

What are Some of the Advantages of Being a Hospice Volunteer?

  • Enhance your college application or résumé
    Samaritan welcomes teens from local high schools for service-day projects, event help, or to become a member of our teen volunteer group, SamariTeens.
  • Express gratitude for help you had previously received from an organization
    Many of our volunteers have cared for a loved one on Samaritan’s hospice program and wanted to get involved as a way to give back.
  • Demonstrating to others that you are enthusiastic, ambitious, and care about the community
    Samaritan’s mission is to care for members of our local community through hospice and palliative care, grief support and education. Joining our corps of volunteers will demonstration your dedication to South Jersey.
  • Make a difference in a person’s life right here in South NJ
    Each day lives are touched by hospice volunteers visiting homes or helping in the office.
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improve your own health by helping others
    Plenty of research shows volunteering is good for your mind, body and spirit!
  • Meet new people
    Many hospice volunteers become friends through their Samaritan connection or enjoy meeting others working on the same projects.
  • Make important networking contacts
  • Acquire or develop new skills
  • Teach your existing skills to others
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Improve the likelihood that children will volunteer as an adult
    We love our family and youth volunteer teams!

Become a New Jersey Hospice Volunteer

When you become a New Jersey hospice volunteer at Samaritan, you’ll be greeted and trained by our welcoming volunteer-services staff. To honor our hospice volunteers, each year we host a Winterfest celebration to award volunteers with service hour milestones. Adult volunteer milestones begin at 100 hours. Teen volunteer milestones begin at 25 hours. During Volunteer Appreciation Week, when there isn’t a pandemic, we also host a luncheon for all our dedicated volunteers.

Enjoy this video we created to celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week in April 2021