Volunteering FAQs

Who are Hospice Kingston volunteers?
Volunteers are men and women of all ages and backgrounds, employed and retired, who give their time to help others. Volunteers choose assignments that best suit their time, skills and interest.
 
What do Hospice Kingston volunteers do?
Hospice Kingston volunteers fill many roles and make all the organization’s work possible. Volunteers provide direct support for clients and their caregivers, such as respite and bereavement support; they sit on committees and the board of directors; they help during special events; they fundraise; they provide office and administrative support; they maintain the Walk at City Park gardens; they represent Hospice Kingston in the community as part of the Speaker’s Bureau.
 
What is the commitment?
The commitment is dependent on the position, but all volunteer positions supporting clients have a minimum requirement of at least one year.
 
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
Volunteers supporting clients must be at least 18 years of age.
 
What benefits do I get for volunteering at Hospice Kingston?
Hospice Kingston volunteers report that volunteering is a meaningful part of their own lives, and that their involvement with the organization benefits them just as much as it benefits the organization. Some of the benefits include making a positive impact on the quality of life for clients and their families, learning new skills, and supporting a cause that inspires and motivates you.
 
Do I help with medical treatments as a volunteer?
No; volunteers do not take the place of professional medical support that a client receives. As a volunteer, you cannot practice your profession. Your professional education and experience will help you to be a good Hospice Kingston volunteer, but you are not a volunteer nurse, volunteer doctor, volunteer clergy, volunteer social worker, etc., when working as a Hospice Kingston volunteer.
 
What screening is required?
Prospective volunteers are invited to view current opportunities and complete a volunteer application. Volunteers who work directly with clients will be required to complete a police record check (vulnerable sector check). All volunteers receive an orientation to the organization and training specific to their roles.