Volunteer Programs

Make a Difference in Your Local Community 

The Hospice of Baton Rouge volunteers are a necessary and integral part of our organization. These individuals are mature, non-judgmental, caring individuals supportive of the hospice concept of care. They are willing to serve others and may do so once appropriately oriented and trained. Volunteers who are qualified to provide professional services must meet all standards associated with their specialty area. 

Pet Peace of Mind 

Adults and minors can help provide basic pet care i.e., walking dogs, changing litter boxes, etc. Adults and minors can host a collection drive for pets in need of basics. Our PPOM program is always in need of items such as dog and cat food, collars, bowls, dog pads, litter boxes, etc. Adults can foster animals while we interview potential new owners. Adults can also transport animals to and from the patients’ homes and vet clinics.

We Honor Veterans

Adults can help provide a pinning ceremony for Veteran patients. Adults can also provide direct patient care for Veteran patients. Great for individuals that would like to honor and recognize their fellow Veterans!

Camp Conquer

This unique camp helps to teach children how to identify and conquer their emotions by taking them through the five stages of grief. Adults can sign up to volunteer to help children through this difficult time. 

Music Ministry

Adults and minors can play music or musical instruments for our patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the Alzheimer’s’ disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult. Adults & Minors can help identify music that’s enjoyable to our patients and encourage singing, clapping, and dancing to add to the enjoyment!

Trash and Treasure

This event is usually held at the end of January through the first week of March. The Hospice of Baton Rouge needs help with setting up donated goods at a department store. We need help sorting, pricing, and selling all donated goods. All profits proceeds from this fundraiser will be distributed among the chosen local non-profit charities including THBR in the community.

Volunteer Roles

There are a variety of roles individuals can volunteer for on a more recurring basis. Every effort is greatly appreciated to help run our organization. Below lists a few duties that volunteers may be asked to do.

  • Administrative & Clerical

    Weekly volunteers needed for various assignments at both the home office and inpatient unit. Some tasks that may be asked are shredding confidential documents, assembling charts and packets, various data entry, filing, copying, mailing, etc.

  • Direct Patient Care

    Volunteers may provide companionship for patients, respite for caregivers, recreation, play cards, Read aloud (books, newspapers, etc.), play an instrument or sing, pick up medication, deliver meals, pick up groceries. In addition, volunteers may provide professional help (with valid proof of authority only) such as legal assistance and nurse duties.

  • Special Events

    Adults can help greet, setup, cleanup, and assist attendees at various events. Adults can help man tables at fairs and other functions. Adults can also visit corporations and invite them to purchase a sponsorship, tickets, and lights in memory or in honor of their loved ones. All proceeds will go towards our Patient Care Fund which provides hospice care to anyone regardless of their financial resources.

  • Bereavement Support

    Adults can help with monthly mailings, make bereavement phone calls, help with H.O.P.E. support groups. Individuals that would like to help children with grief services may also want to volunteer at Camp Conquer.

Our Training Program

Volunteers may provide patient care and support services according to their experience and training. All volunteers must be in compliance with The Hospice of Baton Rouge policies and cooperate under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers will receive appropriate training that is facilitated by the Volunteer Coordinator, which includes the following:

  • An Introduction to Hospice
  • The Role of the Volunteer in Hospice (as part of the IDG and within the agency as a whole)
  • Concepts of Death and Dying
  • Communication Skills
  • Care and Comfort Measures
  • Diseases and Medical Conditions
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Issues Related to Death and Dying
  • The Concept of the Hospice Family
  • Stress Management
  • Bereavement
  • Infection Control
  • Safety
  • Confidentiality
  • Patient Rights
  • The Role of the Interdisciplinary Group (IDG)
  • Additional training for volunteers working in specialized programs (i.e. Pet Peace of Mind® and We Honor Veterans®)

For any questions regarding volunteering, please email volunteercoordinator@hospicebr.org or call 225-767-4673.