"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

- Anonymous

Each day, our volunteers make moments with our patients that take their breath away. Volunteers create memories through their volunteer experience that will last a lifetime. Many times, volunteers share that they feel they receive more from the gift of giving than they give. Our volunteers measure the reward of their honored work in many ways -a smile from a patient, a laugh from a bereaved child, or a seamless project completed.

Without volunteer support, we would not be able to increase the quality of life for our patients. You can be a part of making this impact! There is a niche for each person on our volunteer team. Please read below to discover where your role might be. You could discover that you are interested in more than one opportunity.


Ways You Can Make a Difference 


Companioning PatientsOpenClose

Sit with a patient while his/her loved one attends to an appointment or visit with patients to improve their everyday lives. Activities volunteers complete with patients depend upon each patient's needs and what is most important to him/her. The volunteer training and application process is required for this opportunity.

Spiritual SupportOpenClose

Assist our chaplain by providing added spiritual support to patients. Activities volunteers complete depend upon the patient's spiritual needs. The volunteer training and application process, as well as shadowing our chaplain, are required for this opportunity.

Bereavement SupportOpenClose

Provide enhanced presence for someone facing the loss of a loved one in our program with guidance from the bereavement coordinator, co-facilitate a bereavement support group, or provide assistance to the bereavement coordinator with youth bereavement initiatives during the school year. The volunteer training and application process and shadowing our Bereavement coordinator are required for this opportunity.

Camp HopeOpenClose

Impact the life of a bereaved child by providing positive presence as a "buddy" for one or two campers. Other camp opportunities include kitchen coordinator, kitchen support, activity support, music coordinator, photographer, or nurse. Volunteers involved only with Camp Hope are required to attend specific camp training, complete an application, background check, TB skin test, and be present the day before camp begins.

Administrative SupportOpenClose

Activities in this opportunity vary depending on the needs within our office. Examples of activities can include mailings, making phone calls, and other clerical projects. The volunteer training and application process is required for this position, unless you are only supporting the quarterly newsletter mailing.

Hand-Made ItemsOpenClose

Use thread and fabric to stitch a seam of difference for our patients. We have several different hand-made items needs. Please contact the volunteer coordinator for specific needs. This volunteer opportunity does not require the training and application process.

Pet TherapyOpenClose

Animal-handler teams visit patients to make a positive impact on their day. The training and application process is required for this opportunity. As well, it is required to be a part of a certifying pet therapy organization such as Therapy Dogs International. Up-to-date medical records are required for the animal.

Special Talents SupportOpenClose

Sing, provide musical presence or another special talent to patients at their bedsides. The use of special talents such as music, art, or comedy brings joy to our patients. The volunteer training and application process is required for this volunteer opportunity. 

Veteran Pinning CeremoniesOpenClose

Be involved in a simple recognition ceremony for a veteran. It is not required that you are a veteran yourself, but it is asked you have an appreciation for veterans. The training and application process is required for this volunteer opportunity. 

Welcome Baskets and CraftsOpenClose

Use your creative skills to brighten a patient's day by joining us in putting together a patient welcome basket or patient craft. The volunteer training and application process is required for this opportunity.

Vigil/11th Hour SupportOpenClose

Provide presence to a patient who is closing his/her life journey. Volunteers in this area receive specialized training above and beyond the normal application and training process. 

Events and FundraisersOpenClose

Raise awareness about our mission by providing presence at an event or fundraiser. No training or application process is required for this opportunity. 

Are you a community member or group that would like to make a difference? Please contact our volunteer coordinator, at (740) 397-5188 to find out how you or your group could support our mission.


How to Volunteer

Are you ready to get started? If you have a question at any point in this process, please contact our volunteer coordinator at (740) 397-5188.

  • Step 1: Complete an application packet.
  • Step 2: Once the packet is received by our volunteer coordinator, you will be contacted to set up a time for an initial interview.
  • Step 3: Once approved after your initial interview, you can begin training.

Our volunteer training program is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of end-of-life care to ensure each person is successful in his/her volunteer work. Topics covered allow volunteers to discover what end-of-life care is.

There are two options for completing training.

  • Online Training: With this option, a prospective volunteer completes a core training component online with orientation and shadowing in his/her area of volunteer interest. Check out the link to the new volunteer training. You must have received a user name and password from the volunteer coordinator to get started. 
  • On-Site Training: Training with this option is completed through a series of classes offered at our office. Classes are held on an as-needed basis, as there must be enough interest in the class.


Other items

Some volunteer opportunities require the completion of a background check, TB skin test, and drug screen. Hospice of Knox County covers the cost of these items. It is strongly recommended that surviving family members or significant others wait at least one year after their loved one's death before volunteering to work directly with patients or public relations. Please contact the volunteer coordinator with specific questions.

Current volunteers are offered ongoing educational opportunities throughout the year. Contact our volunteer coordinator at (740) 397-5188. 

Hospice of Knox County New Volunteer Training Link


Volunteer Voice Newsletter

Stay connected with the volunteer department through the bi-monthly Volunteer Voice newsletter. Click below for newest edition.

January-February 2017 edition