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Volunteering with Alive is a powerful way to support hospice patients and their loved ones. We’re the region’s only nonprofit hospice, which means our volunteers are a vital part of our mission and how we serve our community.

Want to speak to someone about volunteering?
Give us a call at 615-327-1085.

Photo: Annie Sellick, Alive Volunteer

Complete our Volunteer Application

Becoming a Volunteer


We work with volunteers ages 15 and up. We follow a detailed process when choosing volunteers, to ensure that we have the right people serving in the right roles:

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“I feel like I’m giving to my community and helping people through a natural, yet very difficult part of life. Whether it’s providing information regarding hospice services or sitting with someone who is dying, I want to build connections with others. That makes me happy.”
– Meryl Taylor

Volunteer Opportunities


Give emotional support, read aloud, and help with hobbies to ease patients’ loneliness and boredom. Companions may also help with shopping, cooking, and light housekeeping.

Special Events

Help the Alive team with fundraisers and memorial events throughout the year.

Tell Me Your Story

Help create a legacy by capturing stories, reflections, and recordings of a patient’s life

Massage and Energy Therapy

Licensed massage therapists give comfort with gentle massages. Healing Touch, and Reiki-certified volunteers restore harmony to a patient’s energy system.

Grief Support

Provide continued support to caregivers after a patient’s death through phone calls or visits. Assist with workshops and camps for the bereaved.

Administrative Support

Opportunities are available in all our offices (Nashville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro), and some projects can be done from home.

Tuck-In Program

Make weekly calls to home patients to listen, offer support, and answer questions about care.

Animal-Assisted Activities

Owners of certified therapy pets bring them to visit patients in their homes and at our residences.

Bedside Music

Sing and/or play instruments to share your gift of music with our patients.


Represent Alive in your community by leading or hosting education sessions.


Receptionists at the Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro set the stage for a good visit by putting visitors at ease with a warm welcome.

Craft Projects

Create afghans, shawls, quilts, lap blankets, memory items, and more to support and comfort patients.

Pet Peace of Mind

Help care for beloved pets when patients are too ill to manage on their own.

Hair Styling

Licensed stylists offer their services in patient homes and Alive residences.

Listen: The Volunteer Experience

Our Community Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Gay Clark,
talks with volunteers about their experiences with Alive:

Ready to Lend a Hand?

Volunteer Application

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