Many people may face a serious illness mostly alone, or long for connections beyond the faces they see every day. You can provide direct support to hospice patients or simply be a companion to listen and be a friend. We do our best to match volunteers and patients with common backgrounds or interests.
Being a family caregiver is a full-time, demanding job. As a volunteer, you can help families by giving them a break from caring for their loved one or pitch in on tasks, like running simple errands, preparing light meals, helping with the yardwork or garden, or providing transportation to appointments.
Northern Illinois Hospice hosts two special fundraising events each year. We count on volunteers to help plan, promote and run these vital events. Also, volunteers can help patients on special projects, such as recording their life stories, helping them build a scrapbook or sew a quilt to cherish.
Grieving and bereavement after the loss of a loved one is a crucial part of a family’s end-of-life experience. Volunteers help us coordinate our bereavement support groups, lunch-and-learn sessions and other support activities for families.
Like any professional organization, Northern Illinois Hospice has to run its business to stay in business. We always can use help in maintaining our office building, assisting with administrative duties as well as performing committee and board work.