Volunteer in hospice care

Provide comfort and support to patients and families receiving care from Hospice of the Central Coast, part of Montage Health. You’ll play a key role in a team offering personalized end-of-life care in your community.

Training and education

Before you start volunteering, you’ll complete a general orientation and a short hospice-specific orientation to:

  • Understand hospice care, and our philosophy
  • Meet our team
  • Learn how to offer grief support
  • Identify what’s important to patients
  • Build listening and communication skills
  • Determine when you’re ready to volunteer

Throughout your time as a volunteer, you’ll receive ongoing support and education from staff, volunteer mentors, and a variety of community experts.

Volunteer opportunities

After the general training session, choose to volunteer in the area that’s closest to your heart:

  • Bereavement services – Give one-on-one support to patients and families, make bereavement phone calls and visits, and, with additional training, facilitate grief support groups
  • Complementary therapy – Provide massage therapy to patients in their homes
    • Ask us about other services you may have credentials in
  • Patient companion – Visit patients in their homes or nursing facilities to offer companionship, play music, or read with patients expected to live one year or less
  • Vigil service – Sit by a patient's bedside or hold a vigil in the last 24-to-48 hours of life

Opportunities with specialized training

Tell us if you’re interested in one of these volunteer areas that require additional training:

  • Administrative assistance – Support our staff in a variety of projects
  • Bereavement group facilitation – Work in pairs to lead support groups with guidance from professional staff
  • Vigil service – Sit by a patient’s bedside or hold a vigil in the last 24 to 48 hours of life

Apply to become a Hospice volunteer

Please note on your application form that you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Hospice of the Central Coast.

Apply here 

 If you have questions, call (831) 649-7750. 

Become a volunteer

Call (831) 622-2746 to let us know you’re interested in volunteering with Hospice of the Central Coast.

Upcoming Events

  • Sep
    27
    Tuesday
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Sep
    27
    Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.
  • Oct
    1
    Saturday
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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  • Oct
    5
    Wednesday
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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  • Oct
    13
    Thursday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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  • Oct
    18
    Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    In this online workshop you will learn how to plan for and talk about what you want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later.
  • Oct
    20
    Thursday
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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  • Oct
    24
    Monday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Join this in-person workshop on planning for and talking about what we want when it comes to serious illness and end-of-life care. Taking these steps now will reduce stress later, and allow your choices to be honored.
  • Oct
    26
    Wednesday
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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    26
    Wednesday
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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