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.
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? >>
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:
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.
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