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Thank you for your interest in Westminster Canterbury at Home’s Hospice Volunteer Team!

We believe that there is no greater gift than the gift of time. Westminster Canterbury at Home
has a dedicated team of hospice support volunteers that all have something special to share. All
you need is time to give and a compassionate heart.
You may print or email us a copy of your Volunteer Application (PDF). If you have any questions please contact our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at the contact information below. We look forward to hearing from you!

make-a-difference@wcbay.com
(757) 496-1653


Q&A

What are some of the opportunities on the volunteer team that I can get involved with?
Our volunteers are a key component of the hospice care teams. The volunteers at Westminster
Canterbury at Home are involved in a wide range of services that all aim to enhance the quality of life for
our patients and the families we serve.


Direct Patient Support Volunteers
Patient support volunteers provide companionship visits and support to both the patient and the family. Volunteers are nonmedical therefore do not provide hands-on care. Volunteers assist families by providing respite care. Visits may include reading, puzzles, taking walks, reminiscing, writing letters, music, prayer, light household chores, all while being a comforting presence.


11th Hour Support Volunteers
Volunteers who are readily available to provide a comforting presence in a patient’s final hours.


Administrative/Office Volunteers
Administrative volunteers work with our office staff and assist with daily office work. Responsibilities can include preparing mailings, putting together welcome baskets, preparing admission packets, filing, special projects, etc.


Bereavement Support Volunteers
Bereavement volunteers support our bereavement program by assisting with check-in calls, routine mailings, and helping with our annual remembrance dinner. Select volunteers who have gained a rapport with a family may attend funeral services and/or continue supportive visits with the family after a patient’s death.


Cheer Team
Volunteers on our Cheer Team assist in a variety of ways. Volunteers can share their talents by knitting, crocheting, and making other comfort items for patients. Volunteers with a love and talent with music may sing or play instruments at a patient’s bedside. Volunteers may also help us celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and/or other memorable moments.


Veteran Volunteers
Veteran volunteers assist with Veteran Pinnings and provide support for veterans on our services during one on one patient visits.


Special Event Volunteers/Special Skills
Notaries, barbers, beauticians, massage therapists, choirs, artists, musicians, pet therapy, knitters, crocheters, crafters, etc.

How to Become a Hospice Volunteer at Westminster Canterbury at Home?

All individuals interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer must complete the following:

  • Application
  • Interview Process
  • Reference Checks

Selected individuals will then be required to have the following before they can start volunteering:

  • PPD Skin Test
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Registered Sex Offender Check
  • Be Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19
  • During Flu Season: Obtain Flu Shot
  • Complete Volunteer Orientation/Training

All background checks and screenings will be covered by Westminster Canterbury at Home.

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time & energy to help
others without expecting anything in return.” – Nelson Mandela

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