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What Volunteers Do/Become a Volunteer!

What Volunteers Do

 Volunteers support Good Shepherd Hospice in various roles, including:

  •  Administrative Volunteers  — These volunteers support team members in our administrative office in Farmingdale. Responsibilities are tailored to meet the skills and interests of volunteers. This can include data entry, telephone support, managing supplies, etc.
  • Community Volunteers — These volunteers work directly with patients and families. Community volunteers visit in a variety of settings, including patient's homes, nursing home or assisted living facilities and hospitals. Community Volunteers are required to complete the Good Shepherd Hospice Training Course, offered regularly, before they begin working with patients and families.
  • Compassionate Shepherds — These volunteers support patients, families and team members at the 16 bed In-patient Unit in Port Jefferson.Compassionate Shepherds are required to complete the Good Shepherd Hospice Training Course, and meet with members of the in-patient center staff, before they begin working at the in-patient unit.
  • Bereavement Volunteers – These volunteers assist the social workers in the Bereavement Department to support the families and caregivers who have lost loved ones on our program. Bereavement Volunteers complete the Good Shepherd Hospice Training Course, as well as specialized training through the Bereavement team, before they begin working with families.

What Do Volunteers Do for Good Shepherd Hospice?

 Patient Care volunteers might do any of the following

  • Make friendly visits
  • Provide respite so that a caregiver can get out to take a break
  • Assist with shopping and errands
  • Perform light housekeeping or assist with meal preparation
  • Facilitate life review, reminiscing with patients in conversation, or assisting them in recording stories or scrapbooking with photos
  • Sit vigil to provide presence for patients who are actively dying
  • Assist in facilitating bereavement groups for adults and children
  • Provide one-on-one bereavement support through phone calls or visits

Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in our Hospice Volunteer Program. Volunteers are essential to Good Shepherd Hospice in providing the best possible care to the patients and families we serve. We are very fortunate to have many great volunteers come to us through word of mouth, or as a result of their own personal experiences. Whatever your reason for considering this volunteer opportunity, we look forward to exploring it with you to ensure the best possible fit.


All new volunteers are required to complete our Hospice Training. This training is offered regularly in our Farmingdale and Port Jefferson Locations. Once you complete an application a member of the Volunteer Department staff will be in touch to get you scheduled for the next available training date.


To become a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application and contact to schedule an interview.







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