Hospice of Michigan Holds Recruitment Event for Volunteers in Southeast Michigan

Not-for-profit seeking individuals to help families in Bellville, Canton, Inkster, Redford and Westland

 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 29, 2023)Hospice of Michigan is holding a volunteer recruitment event from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at Merriman Hollow Park N. Merriman Rd. in Westland, Michigan.

On-the-spot interviews will be held for a variety of volunteer positions. The not-for-profit is seeking compassionate individuals who are willing to donate their time to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses throughout Bellville, Canton, Inkster, Redford, and Westland.

Although Patty Fecker works almost full-time, she makes time to volunteer with her dogs, Lilly and Scout. The trio has been volunteering with Hospice of Michigan for nearly two years, providing companionship and caregiver relief visits to hospice patients and their families. Fecker believes bringing joy and happiness to people at the worst time of their lives is what she is meant to do.

“When I come away from each visit, I have such a warm feeling in my heart. It helps me to have a sense of self-worth,” said Fecker. “Volunteering provides me with something I cannot get anywhere else.”

Hospice of Michigan volunteers are vital in helping to deliver exceptional, compassionate support to patients and families according to its mission of caring for patients wherever they call home, right in the same community in which its volunteers live.

“Our community needs hospice volunteers to provide comfort and compassion to our patients” said Ruth Moore-Lilly, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “Patients cherish the time spent with our volunteers – whether they talk, read, or simply sit with one another. If you have ever considered volunteering your time, there is no more meaningful way than to become a hospice volunteer.”

Hospice of Michigan will host orientations on an as-needed basis, so prospective volunteers can learn in their own time. Volunteers do not need any type of training or previous volunteer experience. The not-for-profit welcomes everyone who would like to give back to their community by donating their time and companionship to patients in hospice care. Volunteers must be age 18 or older and have valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

For those who have experienced a recent loss, Hospice of Michigan requires a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

 Those interested in volunteering can contact volunteer program manager Ruth Moore-Lilly at 248-794-0523 or rmoore-lilly@hom.org to apply to become a volunteer. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and apply to become a volunteer, visit hom.org/get-involved.


About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 6,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888-247-5701 or visit www.hom.org.