Before You Volunteer

Volunteer services are an integral part of Hospice Kingston’s services. Please consider the following when applying for a Hospice Kingston volunteer position that supports clients and their loved ones:

  • As a Hospice Kingston volunteer, you will be representing the organization to clients, their families, and the community. You understand that the work you do is informed by the organization’s mission, vision and values.
  • Your work with Hospice Kingston will be both rewarding and challenging, and requires a realistic awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, and the ability to set limits are important.
  • Hospice Kingston volunteers work largely out in the community, but they are all part of the team. You work with others well, are available for help if asked, and ask for help when you need it.
  • Supporting clients as a volunteer can be stressful at times, so it is important that you have a strong support network yourself, practice self-care, and can manage change and the unexpected with ease.
  • If you have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, or one that you are still actively grieving, please consider carefully your present ability to fulfill the volunteer role.
  • You must be able to listen well, and be supportive of clients and their families in an understanding and non-judgmental way.
  • You have a mature perspective on life and death, loss and grief.
  • You are accepting and respectful of others who have different values, beliefs and ways of living.
  • You are sensitive to the special needs of dying patients and their families, and have chosen to work to support them.
  • You understand and willingly accept the commitment of volunteering with Hospice Kingston: the screening process; training; continuing education; the unique responsibilities of the position; upholding the standards and policies of hospice care. Clients and their families rely on volunteers for support, and the presence of volunteers may be the only constant in their lives at this time.