In 1986 High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care was founded by community volunteers with a vision for a new, comprehensive and compassionate type of end-of-life care - based on patient choices and total care. It was established as a volunteer organization and continued as a fully volunteer agency for 2 years.
Since 1988 the organization has continued to grow with a dedicated team of paid professional staff – but the heart and soul of High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care continues to be its extraordinary cadre of volunteers. Their generosity in donating their time, energy, ideas and expertise is instrumental in enabling High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care to achieve its mission and goals. Having a well trained and dedicated group of volunteers helps keep the enthusiasm in the organization up and the costs down.
All volunteers choose which area the are most comfortable working in. While some find that becoming a patient and family volunteer is very rewarding, others are less comfortable with that but thoroughly enjoy organizing events. Whatever you enjoy and wherever you are most comfortable determines the type of hospice volunteer you become.
Who Can Be a Volunteer?
ANYONE! All that is needed is a friendly smile, listening ear, a hand to assist, and the willingness to be a ready helper. These are the trademarks of a Hospice Volunteer. They are the people who volunteer their time to help others. Please Note: Individuals must be over 18 to be a patient/family volunteer.
How Do You Become a High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer?
Each office has a Volunteer Coordinator, whose responsibilities include the recruitment, training, overseeing and mentoring of volunteers. A Hospice volunteer will complete an intensive training program where he/she will learn that they are an integral part of the hospice team.
If you or anyone you know would like to become part of the High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care team please contact the office nearest you today!
Northern Office- Serving all of Essex, parts of Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Washington Counties
Melanie Strack, Volunteer Coordinator
Southern Office- Serving all of Warren and parts of Washington Counties
Elaine Gibb, Volunteer Coordinator