Become a Volunteer
There are many ways volunteers can contribute to our community and support our mission and vision.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association is required to participate in a 40 hour volunteer training program that is offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring. There are ways to get you involved sooner if the training dates are too far away.
All interested volunteers are asked to participate in a volunteer orientation session offered in January, March, May and September on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:45pm at our COHA Centre.
The first step in becoming a volunteer is to fill out our online Volunteer Form. We will work with you and your interests to find the role that is right for you.
Volunteers are supported in their practice with Enrichment Sessions, Wellness Workshops, Volunteer Support Meetings and Appreciation Events. The experience, learning and growth opportunities that volunteers experience is like no other.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Supportive Care Volunteers – engage in and develop genuine, true and trusting relationships integral to the provision of quality Hospice Palliative Care services. Volunteers provide personal attention to those journeying through illness, end-of-life and bereavement. Acting as a companion, volunteers create emotionally safe and supportive space for others to voice thoughts and feel emotions. Sometimes volunteers provide relief and respite care for caregivers, and at other times they help the client, family and friends adapt to the stressors that accompany the multiple transitions in life and losses associated with change. Supportive care volunteers participate in a variety of activities based on the interest and needs of those they accompany and their own skills and abilities. Activities could include but are not limited to: participation in hobbies, sharing of music, playing board games, going on walks, arts and crafts, phone calls, legacy discussions and sharing of life stories, silence and space.
Bereavement Volunteers – act as compassionate companions and are present to recognize and encourage client’s strengths and autonomy. Volunteers provide a healing presence with individuals and families as they go through the process of creating life without their loved one and discovering how to continue their relational bond with the deceased. Opportunities in this area may include coordination and implementation of special group programs or activities, participation in Celebration of Life events and small group facilitation.
Program Support Volunteers – provide support to COHA staff and volunteers with administrative functions related to the implementation of our programs and services. Positions in this area may include administrative assistance and front desk services, garden and grounds maintenance at Hospice House, program scheduling, food preparation and cooking, seasonal activities, library support or other areas to support the implementation of programs.
Special Events Volunteers – provide exceptional customer service, support and awareness COHA’s Mission and Vision at all special events. Volunteers offer their expertise and muscle to help set-up events, guest services, registration and clean-up after events. Opportunities in this area can include sitting on an event committee, event logistics, advertising and promotions, or guest assistance. Volunteers may not wish to volunteer at all events, however, most choose one or two events that they feel drawn to or where they can utilize their special skills, interests or expertise.