Jennifer Keane (left) was presented with a Special Recognition Award for her instrumental role in the birth of Prairie Hospice.

Jennifer Keane (left) was presented with a Special Recognition Award for her instrumental role in the birth of Prairie Hospice.

Thank you for your interest in Prairie Hospice’s volunteer program. Volunteers are the heart of our program, and demand for service remains high.

Our third group of client service volunteers at the completion of their training.

Direct Client Services Volunteers

Our Client Service Volunteers offer non-medical, practical, emotional, and spiritual support to people who are living with cancer, ALS, and other life-threatening diagnoses. They visit with clients to provide companionship – reading, talking, writing letters, listening to life stories. They give caregivers a time of respite and support bereaved families. They assist with practical help in and out of clients’ homes, such as preparing light meals, running errands for clients or providing transportation for appointments and outings. All volunteer services are offered free of charge.

The comprehensive initial training program and ongoing in-service educational events prepare volunteers to visit clients and offer compassionate non-medical client- and family-centered care for these individuals and their families in the comfort of their homes. The comprehensive initial training consists of presentations, panel discussions, small group work, self-care, suggested readings, and videos to prepare you for the challenges you may face as a hospice volunteer.

Your Commitment




Attend complete training program
Volunteer several hours per week for a minimum of one year
Attend ongoing in-service training sessions
What You Receive
Professional training
Guidance and support from the Volunteer Coordinator
Support from a community of like-minded people

General Volunteer Opportunities

General volunteers work behind the scenes assisting in the office with administrative and clerical tasks, fundraising and working on special events. These efforts are crucial to our successful operation, and are greatly appreciated.

Please indicate your area(s) of interest on your application form.

Application Process

This work requires integrity and sensitivity.  We are committed to ensuring that all volunteers are fully screened and trained prior to working with clients. This will include an interview and reference checks.

When applying to join the Prairie Hospice volunteer team, please allow sufficient time for an interview to be scheduled and reference checks completed before being accepted into the next training.

Please prepare yourself by reading “Things To Consider When Applying to Be a Hospice Volunteer”.

A Criminal Record Check is required for all volunteers. No charge will be incurred at the Police Station, providing you bring an original signed letter from Prairie Hospice indicating that you are applying to volunteer. These letters can be picked up from our office at 716 Queen Street or requested by mail. If you have had a Criminal Record Check in the past year, a copy of this document will be accepted.

No prior experience in health care is necessary for any volunteer opportunity.  Prairie Hospice understands that we all have the capacity for care and compassion.

To view a PowerPoint presentation about hospice and volunteering, click here: Heart of Volunteering