St. Francis Hospice Volunteers

An Extension of the Hospice Care Team

It is in giving that we receive.  As a volunteer for St. Francis Hospice, you will have opportunities to give so much of yourself and receive so much more in return.  St. Francis Hospice is Hawaii’s first and largest hospice program, and this provides opportunities to serve in so many different ways.  The following are some of the activities you may be involved with as a volunteer for St. Francis Hospice:

  • Patient and family support, including visits to patients’ homes, nursing homes, or one of our two inpatient facilities.
  • Complementary therapies such as massage, music, pets and aromatherapy.
  • Bereavement support to family members.
  • Support for special events including fundraising and educational conferences.
  • Office support, including answering the phone and data input.

For a complete list of examples of how St. Francis Hospice volunteers can assist, click on Examples of How Direct Patient Care Hospice Volunteers Assist.

Special Training for Hospice Volunteers

St. Francis Hospice is committed to utilizing the skills, talent and heart of those volunteers who want to serve those who are facing end of life issues. To prepare volunteers for their chosen role, we offer education designed to help you feel confident about your duties and to be ready for your responsibilities.

Hospice volunteers are generally required to complete 16 hours of classroom hospice volunteer orientation training and commit to two years.  There are shorter training sessions for office support, event and pet visitation volunteers.

Once the 16 hours of classroom training are completed, St. Francis Hospice volunteers may elect other trainings, including personal care (i.e., feeding, changing, transporting), Gentle Touch, No One Dies Alone (NODA), etc.

Contact Us Today

Contact Patty Martin, Director of Volunteer Programs, at or (808) 547-8134 for more information about how you can get involved.  To view training schedules, Hospice Volunteers can click here for the 2015 Hospice Volunteer Training Schedule.