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Ways to Give: Volunteer

Hospice Volunteers are an essential part of the Harbor Hospice team.

Imagine how helpful it would be if someone delivered your medications right to your door; or if someone could stop and visit your loved one when you couldn’t be there.  Harbor Hospice volunteers do all that – and so much more.

All Harbor Hospice volunteers go through a comprehensive training.  During the training, they see the many ways that volunteer help is used throughout the organization.  Trained volunteers are then given the opportunity to choose how they would like to help.  Our volunteers provide countless talents, skills and helping hands.

The ‘basic’ training requires a study course on hospice related topics provided in book format, which potential volunteers may take home to study.

“The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size , but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” – DeAnn Hollis

” I have truly enjoyed volunteering at the Poppen Residence.  The people whom I have been able to spend time with before they take their journey home have given me memories to last a life time.  Their kind souls are etched into my mind and each and every one had a different story to tell.” – Janet Kremnitzer, Volunteer since 2012

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in becoming a Harbor Hospice Volunteer?

Contact us today to sign-up and become an essential part of our team!

Spring Orientation Training – May 17, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spring Patient Care Training – May 31, 2017, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Fall Orientation Training – November 2, 2017, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fall Patient Care Training – November 16, 2017, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

(In order to attend Patient Care training you will need to have completed the Orientation Training)

We Honor Veterans

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Harbor Hospice,  serving Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Newaygo, and North Ottawa counties, is proud to have achieved the highest partnership level in the We Honor Veterans” National Program. Designed to improve the end of life care of veterans in hospice, the program was instituted locally at Harbor Hospice in 2011.

“Our staff is specially trained to recognize the unique needs of our Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, particularly where those needs relate to their military service” says Laurie Hickman, clinical manager.  “We are also able to offer support to their families and assistance with locating resources and benefits in the VA system and to support them in their grief after the death of their loved one”.

A vibrant component of the We Honor Veterans program at Harbor Hospice is the Veteran Pinning ceremonies that recognize and thank individual veterans for their service to our country. Hospice volunteers, including area veterans, have pinned over 300 veteran patients. Paula Poel, volunteer coordinator, arranges the pinning ceremonies and has witnessed firsthand the gratitude of the veterans and their families. She says “It’s so important that we acknowledge the service of these brave men and women… for some it’s literally the first time they’ve been thanked. We Honor Veterans ensures that we are treating our veteran patients with the dignity that they deserve”.

For more information on Harbor Hospice services please call 231.728.3442 or 800.497.9559 or contact us through our message system