Invest your time, your talents, and your heart

One of the last good things to happen in a person’s life might be a Hospice Volunteer.

When you invest your time, your talents, and your heart into Hospice volunteering, you change a life: your own. Our organization could not operate without the thousands of hours contributed by dedicated volunteers each year. Careful screening, in-depth training, and the ever-present support of health professionals enable our volunteers to offer the compassionate care and support that help our residents live more fully during the completion of their life journey.

Volunteer woman cutting a resident's hair.

Is Hospice right for you? Please consider the following to assess whether you are ready for Hospice Volunteering:

  • I have an interest in the Hospice concept and have a desire to help others.

  • I have some awareness of what is drawing me to Hospice work and am willing to explore this in depth.

  • I am not bringing personal agendas or ‘missions’ to my Hospice work and I understand that our goal is not to change dying people but to be with them where they are.

  • I am sensitive to the special needs of dying residents and their families and have chosen to work to support them.

  • I am aware of the losses I have experienced, my way of grieving, and I have a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief.

  • I am open to others who may have different values, beliefs, and ways of living. I am able to listen well and to validate others where they are, rather than where I believe they should be.

  • I am willing to commit myself to the training and to the Volunteer responsibilities that follow, and to gaining an understanding of the standards and policies of the Red Deer Hospice.

  • As I may be called to work in a variety of areas and perform many tasks, self-reliance, flexibility, and adaptability are assets.

  • I have a realistic awareness of my own strengths and weaknesses, and realize that the ability to set limits is important.

  • I enjoy working as part of a team, and am willing to explore ways of supporting and being supported by team members.

  • I am dedicated to my own growth and on-going learning. My personal strengths include warmth, concern for people, sense of humour, and approachability.

If you have any questions or would like to submit your completed volunteer application, please contact our Community Services Coordinator at 403-309-4344 ext. 101 or send an email.

In-House Opportunities

  • Hospitality/Kitchen roles
  • Reception duties
  • Administrative help
  • Memorial Garden
  • Entertainment (singing, music, reading, etc.)
  • Spending time with residents

Community Support

  • Bereavement Support
  • Community Volunteers for Palliative Patients who want to stay at home as long as possible


  • Event planning committees
  • Assist at events
  • Event setup and decorating
  • Fundraising opportunities