The joy that comes from giving to others is readily experienced in our Hospice Volunteer Program. Notre Dame Hospice volunteers represent a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds and skill sets. Volunteers provide care to our patients and their families, as well as administrative support to our staff. There is no minimum time commitment and we welcome all people from all traditions, lifestyles and occupations. Volunteers support our program in the following ways:

Providing Direct Care Services

Under the guidance and supervision of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, many volunteers opt to work directly with our clients in 1:1 or group settings. Opportunities are available for those seeking a different experience as well, including office assistance and more.

  • Visit and provide companionship
  • Specific tasks, prepare meals, run errands, read or help with household chores
  • Offering a supportive and caring presence to the patient and family
  • Respite for the family
  • Child care, reading to the patient, playing cards/games
  • Office support- filing, answering phones, mailings
  • Gardening
  • Massage
  • Crafts
  • Knitting/quilting crocheting

The Notre Dame Hospice volunteer training program offers on going education, supervision, and support to ensure the success of everyone involved. Because our volunteers often have so many other commitments, the orientation process is as streamlined as possible. Orientation can be completed as a self- study, online, or within a structured group setting.

For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Karalus by phone at 508-852-5505 or email below.

To volunteer, view and print our Hospice Program Application, click here!

To Volunteer for our Pedi Pal Program, Please view and print this application!

Mail applications to:
Notre Dame Hospice
ATTN: Debbie Karalus

555 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA. 01605

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