Be a blessing. Volunteer!
Our volunteers bring joy and comfort to patients and their families. They donate their time, compassion, and talents to improve patients’ quality of life and to support caregivers. Every volunteer has his or her own unique way of serving and can impact someone’s life in a distinct and significant way.
You may want to share your talents at Trillium Woods or serve in the Greater Grand Rapids Area Community. Trillium Woods volunteers assist at our hospice residence in Byron Center. Community volunteers serve in different areas of West Michigan, visiting patients in their homes, skilled nursing, or assisted living facilities.
A volunteer may do one or several of these options:
- Visitor companion – Provide company and engage in activities such as reading, conversing, writing letters, playing games, or just being there for comfort.
- Respite care – Visits that allow a patient’s family some time away by watching over the patient for a few hours.
- Spiritual companion – Support patients through religious study, devotions, and prayer. We serve patients of all religious backgrounds.
- Housekeeping – Help the patient and family by doing light housework such as dusting, vacuuming, or washing dishes.
- Bedside musician – Sing or play an instrument to brighten someone’s day.
- Artistic expression – Take part in simple art projects with able patients, allowing them to express themselves and have fun.
- Life review – Assemble scrapbooks, record interviews or stories to reflect on the many past memories.
- Beauty care– Give a hand massage, paint nails, or apply lotion to help a patient feel special and beautiful.
- Hair care – Volunteers with a cosmetology license wash, cut, and style hair.
- Pet therapy – Bring your certified therapy pet to provide comfort and socialization.
- Massage – Volunteers with a massage license provide relaxation and comfort.
- Administrative help – Assist with office work: filing, answering phones, computer work, mailing, and assisting with special projects.
- Greeter at Trillium Woods– Greet visitors with a smile and answer phones.
- Virtual volunteer – Volunteers at home can bake, sew, knit, or create other things to be donated to hospice patients.
Do you have a gift not listed here that you believe would benefit hospice patients? We’d love to hear it!
We are looking for people with a talent to:
- Be a friend and listen
- Communicate well with others
- Respect people of all beliefs and religions
Becoming a volunteer
There are several important steps to becoming a volunteer.
- All volunteers must complete training and preparation to volunteer. This can be done online in the comfort of your own home and will educate you on all of the aspects of being a volunteer.
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
- All volunteers will undergo a background check and tuberculosis skin test.
- If you have recently suffered the loss of a close family member, please accept our condolences. Keep in mind that while there are many administrative and virtual opportunities available, we suggest that you wait a year before volunteering for direct patient related hospice opportunities.
For more information, feel free to contact our volunteer coordinators
Matt Hubers for our Community Hospice: 616-356-4835
Cheryl Brink for our Hospice Residence: Trillium Woods: 616-356-4859