Volunteer Training

We are seeking warm and compassionate people to serve as hospice volunteers. Duties include simple acts, like sitting and talking or holding a hand, that have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. Hospice volunteers who work with patients and families go wherever the patient is, including a private home, a long-term care facility or a hospital. Hospice is the type of care being provided, not the location.

We provide the information and confidence you need through a 14-hour training program that takes place over two days, as approved by Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we have an upcoming training session scheduled. Please visit fill out an application and call us at (319) 351-5665 to register.

Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mercy Medical Plaza

520 Jefferson St., Iowa City

Contact ICH volunteer coordinators Emily Moon or Ann Coe with questions at (319) 351-5665.

Honoring the Contributions of Hospice Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, Iowa City Hospice Celebrates the Gifts of Volunteers

This week, during National Volunteer Week, we are honoring the 98 dedicated volunteers from our community who ensure that patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness find hope, dignity and love.

“Iowa City Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the care we provide to our patients and their families,” said Ann Coe, Iowa City Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “They remain the heart of Iowa City Hospice, and we could not fulfill our mission without them. Through their caring presence and acts of service, our volunteers support Iowa City Hospice and the community we serve.”

Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, provide fundraising support, and more.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.

Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.

For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page or call 319-351-5665.

Volunteer Recognition Event

Volunteers are the heart of Iowa City Hospice, and we look forward to honoring them during our annual Volunteer Recognition Event!

The event will take place on Wednesday April 26th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Kirkwood Room in Iowa City. Please join us for good food, great conversation, and a presentation by Mercedes Bern-Klug, an Associate Professor and Director of Aging and Longevity Studies at the University of Iowa.

Don’t worry if you can’t arrive by 5:00! Feel free to join us for all or part of the event. Food will be served buffet style from 5:00-6:00, and our speaker’s presentation will be from 6:00-6:30.

In order to help us plan for the event, please click here to RSVP.

Volunteer Training January 2017

What: Patient and Family Support Volunteer Training
When: Friday, January 27, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Where: Mercy Medical Plaza, 540 E Jefferson St, Iowa City, IA 52245

If you are interested in being a volunteer, click here and please fill out a volunteer application.