Many of our Arkansas Hospice volunteers help to provide care for our patients and families. Some share their pets by participating in our Therapy Dog Program. Others help with our office work and administrative duties. No matter what your preferences or talents might be, your help is always welcome and appreciated!
Please see the list of volunteer opportunities below to find a fit that’s right for you.
Arkansas Hospice has volunteers who want to help, yet prefer more “non-direct” ways. Many volunteers work in our offices providing greatly appreciated support of bereavement services, fundraising mailings, special events, community outreach and educational activities.
Bereavement volunteers assist bereavement staff in making phone calls to Arkansas Hospice families following the death of a loved one. These volunteers receive additional training from the bereavement staff and help to remind families of services available to them for up to 13 months.
Volunteers with basic sewing skills can help make Memory Bears for families of Arkansas Hospice patients. The bears are made from special fabric – be it a favorite shirt, blanket or just material with special meaning. The Memory Bears are a unique symbol of remembrance for families and friends.
Patient and Family Care
Companionship is a key component, along with helping with errands and sitting with patients while caregivers rest. Opportunities are available in patients’ homes, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities and in our Arkansas Hospice inpatient centers.
Pet Therapy Program
The Pet Therapy Program offers the opportunity for volunteers with certified therapy dogs to visit with patients in nursing homes and our inpatient facilities. Pet therapy has been proven to lower blood pressure and provide comfort to patients. (Please click here
to see more details.)
Project SMILE: Students Going the Extra Mile
This program is for students 14 and older who want to make a difference by volunteering their time and talents to Arkansas Hospice. They visit patients at home, nursing homes or work in our offices. They are also involved in special projects.
The Teatime Volunteers are teens from Mount St. Mary Academy who make weekly visits to the Arkansas Hospice Ottenheimer Inpatient Center, located at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, to visit the patients, families and staff. While the volunteers gain valuable perspective and on-the-job experience, many patients embrace the visits as an opportunity to touch young lives.
The Tuck-In Program is designed to maximize the role of the volunteer in assisting other team members to operate more effectively and efficiently. Volunteers call patients at home on Thursdays to assure they have necessary supplies, medications, equipment and/or support. The appropriate team member can then act on meeting the specific needs of patients and families before the weekend.
This program pairs our veteran patients with volunteers who have also served in the military and oftentimes have a better understanding of what the patients have experienced. These veteran volunteers provide invaluable companionship and can give caretakers a chance to take a brief break.
These volunteers are specially trained to be present with the patient and/or family members who may need support at the time of death. A vigil may be offered during the last 24-48 hours of a patient’s life.
Contact us for more information.