Merrimack Valley Hospice offers many meaningful volunteer opportunities.  Volunteers come from all walks of life, with varied experiences and skills.  Each share the desire to make a difference through their presence – a true gift to our hospice patients and families.  Volunteers work in private homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the Merrimack Valley, Southern New Hampshire and York County, Maine as well as at High Pointe House in Haverhill, MA. Other volunteers donate their time and talent helping in the administrative offices, on special projects or assist at fundraising events.

All volunteers receive specialized training and ongoing education, much like our clinical staff, as they are critical members of the hospice team.

Services provided by volunteers

Patient companion Respite for caregivers Massage/Reiki
Run errands Threshold Choir Assist with child care
Spiritual support Healing arts Dementia program
Tuck in callers Pediatric palliative care Volunteers for veterans
Keepsake Program Light housekeeping Pet therapy
Living Legacy Program Vigil support Bereavement and grief support


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Volunteer Screening Requirements

All volunteers must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete an application and interview with the Volunteer Manager.
  • Complete sixteen hour volunteer training and an initial 2-step TB test or provide documentation of TB test or chest x-ray.
  • Provide references, complete a criminal background check and agree to and sign a Confidentiality Statement.

Training and TB testing is not required for volunteers who assist with administrative support, special events and the Threshold Choir.

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