APPLY to become a Volunteer

Hold a hand. Read a Book. Welcome guests. Play music. Honor a Veteran.

Sit Vigil. Stuff envelopes. Provide a haircut. Serve a meal. Feed a patient.

Help with fundraising events. Address envelopes. Make a phone call. Sew a blanket.

Listen to cherished memories. Touch a heart. CHANGE A LIFE.

Hospice of Cincinnati volunteers are the heart of our organization and have been serving patients and families faithfully since 1977 with expertise and compassion. They are an integral and treasured part of our care team, providing support in our Inpatient Care Centers, patient homes and nursing facilities.

We welcome volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. In addition to providing direct support to patients and families, our volunteers provide indirect support through administrative, clerical and facility support, and help with fundraising and special assignments.

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Whether you want to work directly with patients and families or in another role, you can make a difference in someone’s life, including your own.

Direct Service to Patients and Families

Companion Volunteer

Companion volunteers connect one-on-one with patients and families. Companion volunteers are friendly visitors to alleviate social isolation, provide respite care so a family can take a much-needed break, and offer emotional or spiritual support. Companion Volunteers are needed in our Inpatient Care Center, home care and long-term care facilities.

Eleventh Hour Vigil Volunteer

Volunteer presence at the bedside when the active dying stage begins ensures no-one dies alone. We need vigil volunteers in our Inpatient Care Center, home care and long-term care facilities.

Advance Care Planning

Trained in the Respecting Choices® model, facilitators guide discussions for those with advanced-illness or nearing end of life and their health care surrogates to identify and document preferences, goals and wishes for current and future medical care through completion of advance directives. This is a perfect role for working and retired healthcare professionals.

Meal Delivery and Assistance

Delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner to patients in the Inpatient Care Center is a wonderful time to visit with patients and help staff members. Assisting patients with feeding, cutting food, holding utensils or cups is a compassionate gesture by providing social interaction during mealtime.

Veterans Serving Veterans

Hospice of Cincinnati is a Level 3 hospice partner with We Honor Veterans.
We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),. recognizes the unique needs of America’s veterans and their families. We have learned how to accompany and guide them through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending with our Veterans Serving Veterans volunteer program. Veteran Volunteers can extend a warm hand of friendship and provide a special bond in a way that only those with military experience can offer. This is a way to be with, and pay tribute to, your military brothers and sisters by visiting, providing caregiver respite, taking part in pinning ceremonies, presenting appreciation certificates and various other veteran activities. Veteran Volunteers visit patients in all care settings.

Pet Therapy Volunteers

Specially trained pets and their owners team up to visit patients and families in our Inpatient Care Centers, patient homes or in Long-Term Care facilities. Pets can make an instant connection, bring joy and comfort, and open the door for sharing pet stories and memories. Eligible dogs, rabbits or other pets must be evaluated and certified before volunteering.

Holistic Volunteers

Holistic Volunteers provide art activities, live music, Reiki and healing touch to patients across all care settings. These services provide a welcome distraction, moments of joy and special memories for patients and families.

Bereavement Volunteers

Bereavement Volunteers provide grief support by assisting with memorial services, calling bereaved families or lending a hand with set-up for support groups.

Organizational Support

Special Projects

Volunteers can help with seasonal needs and special projects such as memorial services, garden spruce up, holiday light display, etc.


Volunteers work in our Inpatient Care Center and office locations to provide data entry, filing, admission information packets, mailings, and other administrative duties.


Volunteers play an important role in supporting, planning and execution of Hike for Hospice, Gourmet Melodies events and other fundraising activities to benefit Hospice of Cincinnati and Hospice of Hamilton.

Community Outreach

Working in partnership with the Marketing Department, volunteers provide information and assist in community engagement efforts, building awareness about hospice care and may represent Hospice of Cincinnati and Hospice of Hamilton at community events.

You can apply to become a volunteer online: Volunteer Application

For more information or questions, go to our Contact Us page. Be sure to give us your name, phone and email address.

You may also call our Volunteer Office at 513-246-9168. Someone will respond to your call within 48 hours.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We look forward to talking with you.


Hospice of Cincinnati is a Level 3 hospice partner with We Honor Veterans