Volunteering with Alive Hospice
Volunteers are a vital part of the Alive Hospice team. They give comfort, caring concern and compassion to our patients and their families. Whether you have limited time to give or you have a more flexible schedule, Alive Hospice has many meaningful volunteer opportunities available.
"Through opening my heart to those who are ill and their caregivers, I am stretched and moved each and every day." —Diane Booth, Patient Care Volunteer
Did you know?
Alive Hospice holds the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification from the Metropolitan Nashville Mayor's Office, Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management. EVE certification is given to recognize organizations like Alive Hospice with high-quality volunteer management and effective volunteer programs.
Ways to Volunteer
Patient Care and Support
Volunteers provide emotional support to patients in their homes through companionship, reading aloud, life review and engaging in activities of interest to the patient. Support to families is provided through provision of respite care, shopping, cooking and light housekeeping. Volunteers also provide companionship and emotional support to patients at our inpatient units.
Administrative / Office Support
Provide support to staff in all our offices including Nashville, Madison and Murfreesboro.
Manage our agency booth at health fairs where you’ll have the opportunity to answer questions about our services and assist others to better understand hospice care. Special Events Volunteers also provide assistance before, during and after agency fundraisers and special events.
In the absence of friends or family, volunteers sit with patients who are close to death in our inpatient units or a contracted facility. Volunteers may provide light hand massage, play soft music, read aloud or provide a loving presence at the bedside during this sacred time.
Volunteers make weekly calls to our home patients who desire this service to provide a listening ear, assess for new needs and answer questions about their care.
Loving hands create afghans, shawls, lap blankets, stuffed animals and memory items for our patients.
Tell Me Your Story
Volunteers help make keepsake audio recordings of a patient’s reflections on life. Tell Me Your Story volunteers are trained to conduct interviews on the topics of the patient’s choosing, to help them create a legacy.
Dogs and cats that have been certified as therapy pets are available to make visits to patients. Their owners are volunteers who have completed the entire screening process and look forward to sharing their beloved pets with patients in their homes or at one of our inpatient units.
Pet Peace of Mind
We value the healing bond between patients and their pet, and therefore offer basic assistance that will ease the physical and financial burden of caring for a pet during a time of illness. We need volunteers to help with companionship and exercise of the patient’s pet, delivery of pet food, waste management and transportation of the pet to veterinarian and grooming appointments.
Licensed massage therapists provide gentle massage at patients’ homes as well as at our inpatient units. Healing touch and Reiki- certified volunteers may also be available to provide comfort-focused care.
Volunteers may sing, play an instrument or both to share the gift of music with our patients.
Licensed hair dressers volunteer to assist with haircuts and styles for patients in their homes or at our inpatient units.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete and submit our Volunteer Application Form.
How to Become a Volunteer
Alive Hospice follows a detailed process when choosing volunteers, which is why they are so special. Volunteers must pass a background check, multiple abuse indexes, attend orientation and successfully go through training tailored to their specific role.
Complete our Volunteer Application
Step 2: Interview with Alive Hospice and complete trainings
Step 3: Orientation
Step 4: Placement
Thank you so much for your interest in working with us to help our patients, their loved ones and the Middle Tennessee community.
Teen volunteer opportunities
For our teen volunteers, please fill out and submit our Teen Volunteer Application.