Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers in Detroit

Not-for-profit needs individuals to help families through companionship, caregiver relief, veteran, musician, pet volunteer and licensed cosmetologist visits

 DETROIT (May 19, 2022)Hospice of Michigan is seeking compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities in and around the city of Detroit.

Hospice of Michigan has a specific need for volunteers who can make a real difference in the lives of other, including:

  • Companionship volunteers to visit patients living at home or in a facility setting,
  • Caregiver relief volunteers to allow a caregiver to get away for a few hours and recharge,
  • Those with musical talents to entertain patients in a facility or home setting,
  • Veterans to visit with patients who are fellow veterans,
  • Licensed cosmetologists and barbers to provide haircuts for patients at their residence, whether at home or in a facility,
  • Pet owners to bring their pets to patient’s home or facilities to brighten the day of a fellow pet lover.

“Hospice volunteers are special people who prioritize the needs of those nearing end-of-life, offering their time and talents to improve patients’ quality of life,” said Alana Knoppow, southeast Michigan volunteer program manager at Hospice of Michigan. “Right now, there is a desperate need in and around the city of Detroit. Hospice of Michigan asks that if you or someone you know can offer companionship and care to our patients – please consider becoming a hospice volunteer.”

Hospice of Michigan volunteers are vital in helping 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.

 Hospice of Michigan will host orientations on an as-needed basis, so prospective volunteers can learn on 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 received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 Alana Knoppow at 248-303-6818 or aknoppow@hom.org to apply. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and apply to become a volunteer, visit hom.org/get-involved.