Hospice volunteers are members of the Hospice team and the cornerstone of hospice services.  Hospice volunteers are trained to meet the needs of patients, family members and caregivers.  Hospice volunteers often connect with patients on a deep, personal level, which allows the Hospice El Paso team to gain valuable insights regarding the overall impact of the level of comfort and care that is provided.   Although Hospice Volunteers do not provide hands-on care, invaluable assistance includes:

  • Running errands
  • Transportation to appointments, outings, etc.
  • Pet Walking
  • Reading and writing letters
  • Playing games
  • Participating in pet therapy
  • Scrapbooking or other crafts
  • Emotional support (i.e., spiritual prayer calls)
  • Caregiver relief for up to four hours to allow a caregiver personal time away from the home
  • Bedside vigil volunteers to provide presence for patients in their final days or hours
  • Healing modalities such as musical or artistic activities
  • Veterans who reach out to Veteran patients through the We Honor Veterans Program
  • Pet therapy for patients and family
  • Heart of Hospice Crafters create memory bears, heart pillows, head & neck pillows, foley covers, lap blankets, hand carrots. . .all focused on improving patient’s quality of life.
  • Flowers from Friends Volunteers deliver specially made flowers to each and every patient under Hospice’s care.


Hospice volunteers can donate their time in many ways, and whether you choose to volunteer directly with patients and families or in other areas, know that you will be making a difference in someone’s life.

Volunteer Opportunities

Patient/Family Support:  Provide relief to caregivers so they may take a short break. Provide companionship and support to patients or family members. Run errands for patients or family members. Transport patients or family members to appointments, errands, or an outing.

Flowers from Friends Volunteers: Deliver a small artificial flower bouquet to a patient in your zip code upon admission of the patient.

Office Support:  Help with office/clerical tasks and projects.

Couriers: Run errands for various departments. Deliver medications to patient homes. Mileage will be reimbursed for this volunteer position.

Resident Pals: Routinely visit nursing homes and assisted living communities to provide companionship to any resident that needs a friend. Deliver hand-made gifts to residents. Assist Activity Coordinators with bingo and other activities.

Center for Compassionate Care: Visit patients at our Center for Compassionate Care inpatient facility to provide companionship.  Assist the front desk by answering phones and directing visitors.

Heart of Hospice Volunteers: This group knits, crochets blankets, pillows and a variety of items for our patients and family members.  Volunteers in this project must acquire their own supplies.

Please complete our Volunteer Application as completely and accurately as possible.  We will receive and follow up all inquiries submitted online.  If you have additional questions, our Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to assist you!

Volunteer Coordinator
915-532-5699, Ext. 375
Email: virginia.gonzalez@hospiceelpaso.org