In 1979, Northern Illinois Hospice was founded and staffed entirely by volunteers. A lot has changed since then, including a staff of 42 paid employees, but our commitment to volunteer service has never wavered.
Today in 2015, Northern Illinois Hospice is blessed with more than 150 active volunteers, 65 of whom work directly with patients.
Our volunteers are as varied and unique as are their opportunities. Volunteering takes the form of individual contributions, group activities and family participation. Volunteers may work a regular schedule or help with a certain event or to satisfy a specific need.
We have patient care, final hours, administrative volunteers and pet visitors. Many youth groups, young families, brownie scouts, knitters, quilters, cooks, bakers, musicians and gardeners also use their special talents to make, bake, entertain and care for our patients and their families.
To see if hospice volunteering is right for you, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sheila O’Leary at email@example.com or 815.398.0500.
Photo Caption: Northern Illinois Hospice volunteer Diane Knight plays the harp for residents at Morning Star Village.