True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness
~ Albert Einstein
Compassionate Care... Freely Given
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and from all segments of the community. Some come to us with a desire to give back to the community or a personal calling to do hospice work. Others have directly benefited from the services of Hospice of Santa Barbara. To become a Hospice of Santa Barbara Volunteer complete our Volunteer Application or our Mentor Application. If you would like to volunteer in a capacity that is not described below, or you would like more information about volunteer opportunities call 805-563-8820 or email ourVolunteer Services Department.
Administrative Volunteers assist with a variety of Hospice of Santa Barbara projects and other routine office work.
I Have a Friend ®Mentors are adults who lost a parent or sibling in their childhood and are ready to be role-models for local children who have recently experienced a similar loss.
All I Have a Friend ® Mentors are required to complete a comprehensive six week training and on going education.
Patient Care Volunteers provide companionship, respite care, transportation, household help and support to our patients and clients.
All Patient Care Volunteers are required to complete a comprehensive training which includes an initial 6 week course and ongoing education and training.
Our Patient Care Volunteers may also be trained to provide additional services, including:
No One Dies Alone
NODA is a unique collaboration between Cottage Health Systems, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care, provides support to hospital patients who are terminally or seriously ill and their loved ones.
Spiritual Companions support patients/clients and their families in their spiritual journeys. This special group of volunteers completes a year-long intensive training program.
The Pet Therapy program provides pet visits to patients in their homes or residential locations. Owners of these "certified" animals accompany their pets.
Specially trained Patient Care Volunteers work with patients to create scrap books, audio recordings and journal writings that preserves memories, and leave a lasting legacy for others.
The skills and attributes we seek in a volunteer are:
Compassion and caring
The ability to listen well
Friendliness and open-mindedness
Sensitivity to others
A healthy perspective on grief and loss
The ability to express yourself well.
If this sounds like you, we'd love to talk with you about how you can help. To learn more about volunteering please give us a call at 805.563.8820 or send us an email by clicking here.
Wish List for Volunteers
Dinner for training nights (20-30
Gifts to acknowledge and Appreciate
Patient Care Volunteers