Make a difference: become a hospice volunteer

Sept. 13, 2010

Volunteers are the heart and soul of a community and at Northern Arizona Hospice, volunteers are an integral part of the care team. Volunteers work closely with patients and families to provide comfort and ease during the final stages of life. In an effort to provide our patients and their families’ additional resources, Northern Arizona Hospice is recruiting and training new volunteers to complement the already exceptional staff and current volunteers. The three areas volunteers are needed include family support, office support and fund-raising.

Volunteers are required to complete a five-week training course to ensure ease into the position; training sessions are held twice a year. The next five-week volunteer training session begins Tuesday, Sept. 28 and ends Wednesday, Nov. 3 with a graduation and award ceremony. Classes are scheduled for 1 – 4 p.m., each Tuesday and Thursday.

In addition to completing the training program, volunteers are asked to commit one year, with a minimum availability of four hours per week. Northern Arizona Hospice also requests that volunteers have not lost a loved one in the past year as working in the hospice setting might return feelings of grief.

Northern Arizona Hospice has been serving the Verde Valley since 1984 and continues to be the only not-for-profit hospice service in the area. At Northern Arizona Hospice emphasis is placed on the quality of remaining life which is achieved by allowing patients to remain in familiar surroundings while still receiving expert healthcare. 

To sign up for training classes, learn more about Northern Arizona Hospice or to make a donation, call 928 639-6676 or visit