Volunteering at hospice

Volunteering at High Peaks Hospice (HPH) is a deeply rewarding and unique opportunity. HPH volunteers are an exceptional group of caring and compassionate people who offer our patients and their caregivers support as they face life-limiting illnesses.

Our volunteers are an invaluable part of the Hospice team. For patients living at home or in nursing care facilities, volunteers play a key role in supporting caregiver and patient needs. They provide companionship to patients and/or allow caregivers a brief respite.

Volunteers also provide HPH, a non-profit agency, administrative support by helping with special events, fundraising, mailings, filing and general office needs.

All of our volunteers receive extensive training in providing comfort and support to families facing end-of-life issues. Topics covered during volunteer training include hospice and palliative care, ways to improve communication, active listening, identifying and respecting cultural differences, spirituality and grief and the healing process.

How Do You Become a High Peaks Hospice Volunteer?

Each office has a Volunteer Coordinator, whose responsibilities include the recruitment, training, overseeing and mentoring of volunteers. A Hospice volunteer will complete an intensive training program where he/she will learn that they are an integral part of the hospice team.

If you would like to become part of the High Peaks Hospice volunteer team, please contact the office nearest you today to learn more, or download and complete the Volunteer Application and return it to the office nearest you.

Northern Office- Serving all of Essex, parts of Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Washington Counties

Jackie Foster, Volunteer Coordinator
Telephone: 518-891-0606
Email: jfoster@highpeakshospice.org

Please Note: Individuals must be over 18 to be a patient/family volunteer.

Volunteer Training

Our Volunteer Training Program is held twice a year and covers 20 hours of material. Topics include: the mission, philosophy, and history of hospice; regulations and compliance (including HIPPA), spirituality, bereavement, patient and caregiver points of view; boundaries, OSHA,
pain management, safety, universal precautions; and aging and sensory deterioration. Guest speakers, role-playing, videos and readings are all tools used in the training to ensure that volunteers are well-prepared and oriented for all types of volunteer activities.

To find out about the next training in your area, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator in your area:

Northern Office- Serving all of Essex and parts of Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Washington Counties

  • Jackie Foster, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Telephone: (518) 897-6779
  • Email: jfoster@highpeakshospice.org
  • Kathy Schoolcraft, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Telephone: (518) 897-6763
  • Email: kschoolcraft@highpeakshospice.org

Southern Office- Serving all of Warren and parts of Washington Counties

  • Rosalie Brown, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Telephone: (518) 891-0606
  • Email: rbrown@highpeakshospice.org