St. Francis Healthcare System has opportunities for volunteers who would like to be part of our hospice team! Volunteers play a vitally important role in providing companionship and personal care to our hospice patients and their families. Two to four hours of your time each week can make a world of difference to a hospice patient and their family.
Our volunteers visit our patients in their homes or in nursing homes, or provide their words of comfort to those patients in our home-like inpatient facility in Nuuanu.
Your may want to read to a patient, play games, engage in arts and crafts, sing or play music, or engage in the favorite hobby of a patient. It may also involve grocery shopping, picking up medications, or simply running errands to provide respite to family caregivers who need a break and time to reflect on the changes that are occurring in their lives.
If you are a licensed massage therapist or a licensed hairstylist or nail technician, our hospice patients would also welcome you.
Volunteers also are needed to support families during their time of bereavement to support a family after a loved one has passed away. We have special events throughout the year that require extensive volunteer assistance, including the annual Rose for Remembrance event held during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November and annual “Light Up a Memory” Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in December to usher in the holiday season. These events are designed to honor our loved ones in touching ways.
Many volunteers say they were reluctant to volunteer at first, but are glad they took the first step by making a decision to look beyond themselves and to instead focus on the needs of our patients and their families.
St. Francis Healthcare System empowers all volunteers and bring out the best in them, allowing them to touch lives in ways they may not have thought they were even capable of doing. As you transform the lives of our patients, you’ll also be transformed, too!
To assist each volunteer, we provide comprehensive orientation and classing training. The next training schedule will be July 9 to 30, 2016. For a complete schedule of other training sessions for the year, click here:
We simply require a two-year commitment to volunteer two to four hours a week. You must be at least 18 years old; however, 16-year-old volunteers are also welcome with parental consent. You must also have a two-step TB clearance. As part of our standard procedure for all volunteers, you must also successfully complete a reference and criminal background check.
For more information about how you can start volunteering, contact Renni Fay Iwasa, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at (808) 547-8142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your convenience, you may also download a fillable volunteer application form from the St. Francis Healthcare System website by clicking here: