Volunteer


A simple act of kindness
can make a tremendous impact
on a person’s life.
— Anonymous
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Compassionate Care... Freely Given

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and from all segments of the community. Some come to us with a desire to give back to the community or a personal calling to do hospice work. Others have directly benefited from the services of Hospice of Santa Barbara. To become a Hospice of Santa Barbara Volunteer complete our Volunteer Application or our Mentor Application.  If you would like to volunteer in a capacity that is not described below, or you would like more information about volunteer opportunities call 805-563-8820 or email our Volunteer Services Department. 

Our next Volunteer Training will take place over 6 consecutive Wednesdays,
from April 19th, to May 24th, 2017.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Administrative Volunteers assist with a variety of Hospice of Santa Barbara projects and other routine office work.

I Have a Friend ® Mentors are adults who lost a parent or sibling in their childhood and are ready to be role-models for local children who have recently experienced a similar loss.

All I Have a Friend ® Mentors are required to complete a comprehensive six-week training and ongoing education.

Patient Care Volunteers provide companionship, respite care, transportation, household help and support to our patients and clients.

Event Volunteers support our fundraising efforts and assist with Art Receptions, public events such as Light up a Life, and occasional private receptions.

All Patient Care Volunteers are required to complete a comprehensive training which includes an initial 6 week course and ongoing education and training.

Our Patient Care Volunteers may also be trained to provide additional services, including:

No One Dies Alone

(NODA)

NODA is a collaborative effort between Hospice of Santa Barbara, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care and local residential facilities.  NODA volunteers bring comfort and compassion to those we serve in the last 48-72 hours of life.

Spiritual Companions

Spiritual Companions support patients/clients and their families in their spiritual journeys. This special group of volunteers completes a year-long intensive training program.

Pet Therapy

The Pet Therapy program provides pet visits to patients in their homes or residential locations. Owners of these "certified" animals accompany their pets.

Life Reminiscence

Specially trained Patient Care Volunteers work with patients to create scrap books, audio recordings and journal writings that preserves memories, and leave a lasting legacy for others.

The skills and attributes we seek in a volunteer are:

  • Compassion and caring
  • The ability to listen well
  • Friendliness and open-mindedness
  • Sensitivity to others
  • A healthy perspective on grief and loss
  • The ability to express yourself well.

If this sounds like you, we'd love to talk with you about how you can help. To learn more about volunteering please give us a call at 805.563.8820 or send us an email by clicking here.

Wish List for Volunteers

  • Dinner for training nights (20-30 volunteers)
  • Gifts to acknowledge and Appreciate Patient Care Volunteers