Hospice of Michigan Seeking Companionship Volunteers in Presque Isle County

Not-for-profit needs individuals to visit patients and families throughout Millersburg, Posen, Presque Isle, Rogers City and surrounding communities

ALPENA, Mich. (Feb. 28, 2024)Hospice of Michigan is seeking compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses throughout Presque Isle County. The not-for-profit has a specific need for companion volunteers to visit patients in Millersburg, Posen, Presque Isle, Rogers City and surrounding communities.

“Right now, our community has a real need for hospice volunteers willing to visit local patients who are at the end of their life,” said Kathy Lietaert, statewide manager of volunteer services at Hospice of Michigan. “Hospice volunteers are an essential part of how we provide the highest quality care for our patients and their families. Companionship visits benefit those in our care, but our volunteers insist that they are the ones whose lives are changed. In return for simply visiting a neighbor, our volunteers walk away with a sense of pride and emotional fulfillment knowing they are helping their fellow community members through a vulnerable time. If you have a heart for helping people, please reach out to learn more about volunteering with Hospice of Michigan.”

All volunteers are required to complete orientation, background checks and fingerprinting prior to volunteering. Volunteers must also be age 18 or older. 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.

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.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Kathy Lietaert at 231-779-5409 or klietaer@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.