To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Become a Volunteer

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan takes great care in assuring every person is prepared and confident in their role as a volunteer.

There are several requirements we ask every potential volunteer to consider.

  • Many volunteers are drawn to this work after experiencing the positive power of hospice care during the passing of a loved one. This personal connection leads to very effective volunteers. We require that you allow one year between the death and your becoming a volunteer.
  • You will be required to complete a lengthy process of training and background checks. Hospice volunteers must be considered full members of the staff. This requires volunteers to agree to participate in a criminal history check based on fingerprints and driving record checks. In addition, there are paperwork requirements, TB tests and mandatory training topics.
  • New volunteers are asked to make a one year commitment to the work.
  • Volunteers are required to use email and to have computer access in order to complete on-line training requirements.


Training is offered several times each year. Your specific training requirements will be based on your role. The program includes  At-Home (Self Paced) Training modules and In-Person Training sessions.


Our volunteer coordinators will contact you within a few days to begin becoming acquainted. An interview will be scheduled for a chance to meet, answer any questions you have and, together, decide if volunteering with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan is right for you.

Please volunteer

Volunteers from diverse backgrounds come to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan with one shared passion: a willingness to give of themselves.

Great joy can be found in helping someone live life to its fullest; for as long as life lasts.

Sadness is always present in hospice care. However it is not the only factor. Wisdom, reflecting positively on life’s accomplishments, and happiness can be present as well. As a volunteer, there is love, humor and honor to be found in serving clients at the end of life. Hospice volunteers do not provide medicine or physical care as to the physicians, nurses and aides. They can ease suffering by just being present, holding a hand and listening to the client’s story.


Home Hospice Care

Volunteers provide companionship, emotional support, respite, transportation, and record life stories.

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Volunteers provide administrative support and make themselves available for special events.

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Journeys: A Path to Healing

Volunteers serve as peer group facilitators, greeters, provide child care to the infants, assist in meal service or back-office help.

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Rose Arbor and Glenn Arbor Hospice Residences

Volunteers serve meals, greet visitors, do laundry, provide companionship for clients, and give families facility tours.

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Clerical Assistance

Volunteers assist with data entry and filing.

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Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre

Volunteers serve meals, help with activities and share one-on-one conversations with our guests.

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Pet Therapy

Volunteers go through specific training with their cats and dogs, who then are certified to comfort and give emotional support to our clients and guests.

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We serve everyone regardless of race, color, ethnic or religious background, national origin, citizenship, age, height, weight, disability, marital status, familial status, or gender and do not discriminate based on pregnancy, sex stereotyping, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. ATTENTION: Language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1.269.345.0273, (TTY: 1.844.578.6563).

Our Mission is to guide and support individuals and their caregivers coping with illness, aging, dying, and loss by providing compassionate medical, emotional, spiritual, and personal care.