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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Gaston Hospice. 

Volunteers are the heart of Hospice. Most volunteers have been introduced to Gaston Hospice through a family member or friend who received hospice care. 

There are several opportunities to become a Hospice volunteer. Some volunteer opportunities include:

  • Patient care volunteers - provide respite care for caregivers, allowing them to step away
  • Office volunteers - help with office tasks
  • Veteran volunteers - military veterans visit with veteran patients 

Volunteers who have a direct connection to the patients, their health information or their families are required to go through a Medicare-approved training course. This 12-hour hospice training is mandatory per Medicare policy.

Volunteer Training.

Because of the extensive training that is needed to become a hospice volunteer, volunteers are asked to commit to a one-year commitment after completion.

Volunteers are encouraged to wait a year after the death of a loved one before becoming a Gaston Hospice Volunteer, to allow time for the processing of their own grief.

Bereavement volunteers attend additional training to help the bereavement staff make phone calls to families who have suffered a recent loss.

Special events volunteers do not have to go through the training.

Requirements of a Volunteer

  • Application and interview process
  • Reference and background check (Three references, non-family member, must be provided.)
  • Annual TB test or screening process
  • 8-12 hours of continuing education hours for office and family support volunteers every year

Questions? Contact Julie Young, Volunteer Coordinator at

Click here for volunteer application form.