Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers in Gaylord

Not-for-profit needs individuals to help families in communities throughout Gaylord, Grayling, Lewiston, Boyne City, Elmira, Vanderbilt and Mancelona

 GAYLORD, Mich. (May 18, 2022)Hospice of Michigan is seeking compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities throughout Gaylord, Grayling, Lewiston, Boyne City, Elmira, Vanderbilt and Mancelona.

The not-for-profit specifically needs individuals to provide companionship and caregiver relief visits for patients and their families. Companionship volunteers visit patients living at home or in a facility setting, while caregiver relief volunteers keep patients company for a few hours to allow caregivers time to get away and recharge.

“The role of a hospice volunteer is critical for our patients and their families,” said Kathy Lietaert, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “Making a real difference in the lives of others is easier than one might think. If you or someone you know is seeking an opportunity to give back and connect to others in the community – please consider becoming a hospice volunteer.”

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.

 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 loss, Hospice of Michigan encourages a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

 Those interested in volunteering can contact Kathy Lietaert at 231-779-5409 or klietaer@hom.org to apply. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and apply to become a volunteer, visit hom.org/get-involved.