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Hospice Volunteering

Volunteering with Legacy Home Hospice and Hopewell House

Volunteering your time with Legacy Hospice can change your life — and the lives of others. As a volunteer you have the opportunity to enrich your life and the lives of our patients and families at the end of life's journey. Whether it's a gentle smile, holding a patient's hand or giving a much needed break for the family, hospice volunteers are rewarded with the appreciation of those they serve.


Hospice volunteers

  • Pet Show-off Fundraiser

  • Roberta Receives OHA Award

    Hospice volunteer Roberta receives OHA's dream team volunteer of the year!

  • Light Up a Life Memorial 2013

    Light Up a Life memorial - 2013

  • Legacy Hospice Volunteering

    Hopewell House and Portland Hospice volunteers meet for an in-service training

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Volunteer activities

Respite and friendly visitor volunteers

  • Offer comfort and reassurance
  • Read to patients
  • Care for patients so caregivers can take a break
  • Help patients continue favorite activities
  • Offer a listening ear to patients and families
  • Prepare a meal
  • Help patients with household tasks
  • Help patients take walks

Pet Peace of Mind volunteers

Legacy Hospice Volunteering

  • Transport animals to and from the veterinarian or groomer
  • Pick up and deliver supplies
  • Change litter boxes or cages
  • Walk animals
  • Pet photography

We Honor Veterans volunteers

Legacy Hospice Volunteering

Veteran volunteers offer veteran patients support, reassurance and building a bond at end of life.

Administrative volunteers

  • Work in the office
  • Telephone bereaved families
  • Special events and groups

Therapy volunteers

  • Massage therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Pet therapy

You need to be licensed or certified in these areas to provide these specialized services. 

Hopewell House volunteers

Our volunteers are a huge part of our team of compassionate care that is provided to patients and their families.Volunteers provide:

  • Direct patient care in an 11-room facility
  • Support for families whose loved ones are patients at the facility
  • Pet therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Volunteer office support
  • Gardening and grounds-keeping
  • Special events

Training and support

We offer a free comprehensive training program several times each year. It covers:

  • Understanding hospice care
  • Diseases our patients face
  • Pain and symptom management 
  • Effective communication
  • Understanding grief
  • Spiritual caregiving
  • Family and social dynamics
  • How to transfer, lift and attend to hospice patients

Who to contact

You can be a part of Legacy's extraordinary team that is committed to surrounding our patients and their families with compassionate care. To start the process of volunteering, please fill out the online application form. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

Lori Cannon, volunteer coordinator

Lori Cannon, volunteer coordinator

Hopewell House
Carol Blanusa, volunteer coordinator
503-244-7890 or 503-414-5125

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