Ways to Get Involved
Volunteers are needed in many areas including providing support and companionship to patients and families; offering administrative support in our offices, donating a special skill, such as sewing, writing or photography to a dedicated project; and making bereavement phone calls.
Other ways to get involved, include:
Patient and family volunteering
- Respite support – Staying with a patient while his/her caregiver runs errands, attends a doctor's appointment, visits the salon, etc.
- Companionship – Checking in on a patient and family, sharing time together and being a good listener.
- Errand support – Do the weekly grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning…any assistance when a family is in need is appreciated.
- Vigil visit – Being present with a patient in a nursing home or hospital setting, who would otherwise be alone at the time of death.
One More Time Program
Volunteers can help patients and family members accomplish one final wish. Perhaps it's a trip to the boardwalk or a day of fishing…as a volunteer, you will work with the patient's family and the Barnabas Health Hospice team to facilitate the experience.
Paws for Patients
If your dog is a certified therapy dog, and you're interested in making visits with him/her to hospice patients and families, considered becoming involved in the Barnabas Health Hospice Paws for Patients program. Read more about Paws for Patients.
Veteran to Veteran
Barnabas Health Hospice honors those who have served in the military and encourages military Veterans to volunteer to assist a fellow Veteran at the end-of-life. Veteran to Veteran volunteers may provide services such as those listed under "patient and family volunteering," but with the added expertise and sensitivity to the unique needs of support Veterans at the end of life.
Music & MemorySM Program
Volunteers in our Music & MemorySM Program help provide patients with a digital music device filled with songs that are the soundtrack to their lives. By interviewing patients and their families, volunteers get a sense of the music genre and specific songs that are meaningful to patients. Using the Barnabas Health Hospice music library, they then download the selected music to the device for the patient to enjoy.
Read more about Music & MemorySM
Office and Special Event Support
Our offices are located in Toms River and West Orange and we often hold special events within Essex and Ocean counties.
Bereavement Department Support
Volunteers are needed to make follow up phone calls to families who have lost a loved one. If you have a background in social services, you may want to consider working with our bereavement support groups.
Superheroes for Hospice
This comic-book related fundraising initiative utilizes the support of volunteers in collecting donations, sorting books and assisting at event sales several times a year. Read more about Superheroes for Hospice.
The Memory Bear Project and Lap Blankets
If you have experience using a sewing machine or have a talent for crocheting, consider assisting us in the creation of Memory Bears and/or lap blankets for our patients. Read more about The Memory Bear Project.