Volunteer with Kaiser Permanente Northwest Hospice



Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that engages your heart, mind, and spirit in caring for people in your own community? Our hospice serves the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, and Clark County, Washington.

Hold a hand. Be a presence. Join the Kaiser Permanente hospice volunteer team to provide support to families and patients as they experience a terminal illness.

Volunteers play a vital role in caring for Kaiser Hospice patients and their families. As valued members of the hospice team, volunteers can make a difference by providing a break for a family caregiver, visiting patients in care homes and facilities, or assisting staff in the office.

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available and how to get started, start here:

Current volunteer opportunities

Below is a list of some of the current volunteer opportunities available at NW Kaiser Hospice. You volunteer according to your time, distance you are willing to travel, and what you are able or willing to do during an assignment. Call us at 503-499-5168 for more information.

Home respite visit volunteers

Home respite volunteers visit with patients in their home so that family caregivers can take a break. Respite volunteers develop a routine and rapport with each family and patient as they provide support.

While each situation is different, supporting a family may include:

  • A time commitment of up to 4 hours per week, or 2 2-hour visits per week
  • Emotional support to the patient, caregiver, and family
  • Physical assistance for a patient during visits, such as assisting in transferring or moving the patient, or assisting the patient while walking
  • Optional: Light housekeeping (vacuum or dishes), laundry, cooking, or other simple meal preparation
  • Companionship: reading a book aloud, looking at pictures, listening to music, watching a movie or TV together, or sitting outside and enjoying good weather
  • Caregiver may be in the home or may leave at the time of your volunteering
  • Providing a presence so the family feels secure leaving the patient for a few hours

Friendly Visit volunteers

Friendly Visit volunteers provide friendly visits to Kaiser Hospice patients living in residential facilities such as assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or adult foster homes. The patient’s family and friends may live far away, or the patient may not get many visitors. Volunteers generally develop a routine and come 1 to 2 times a week for hour-long visits.

Friendly Visit volunteering varies by situation and may include:

  • A time commitment of up to 2 1-hour visits a week
  • Taking patients for a walk, or assisting with walking or a wheelchair
  • Companionship: Reading a book aloud, looking at pictures, playing games, talking with patients about their interests and life history, listening to music, watching a movie or TV together, or sitting outside enjoying good weather
  • Presence: Holding the hand of a patient who is unable to communicate

Clerical volunteers

Clerical volunteers support the hospice program in the northwest Portland office.

Taks may include:

  • A time commitment of up to 4 hours/week
  • Data entry or packet preparation and mailings
  • Assisting volunteer coordinators prepare for trainings
  • Special projects

Bereavement volunteers

Bereavement volunteers follow up with the family members of Kaiser Hospice after the death of their loved one. Volunteers phone family members to offer information about Kaiser Hospice bereavement services. Bereavement volunteering may include:

  • A time commitment of 2 to 4 hours/week
  • Emotional support to family

FIDO (Friendly and Individual Dog/Owner) pet-assisted therapy program

This program is for hospice volunteers with dogs that are trained and certified through Pet Partners or Dove Lewis, or have up-to-date certification for pet-assisted therapy.

Pet-assisted therapy includes

  • Certified dogs only
  • Facility visits with hospice patients

Getting started

Begin by filling out an online Volunteer Application Form:

Before enrolling in a volunteer training, you need to:

  • Choose a training class that best fits your schedule
  • Call 503-499-5168 to schedule an interview
  • Pass a criminal background check and drug screening* at the interview

*Kaiser Permanente is a drug-free work place

Volunteer training

We provide extensive 28 hour class hospice volunteer training. Training classes are offered quarterly. Contact us at hospicevolunteernw@kp.org for the most up-to-date training schedule.

Contact a coordinator

To contact our Hospice Volunteer Coordinators
Call: 503-499-5168
Email: hospicevolunteernw@kp.org

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