Volunteers are the HEART of Heartland Hospice! We are looking for more pet/handler teams to enrich the lives of our hospice patients (in Racine or Kenosha County) by making regular visits to provide companionship and meaningful activities between animal and patient. Service hours are flexible and scheduled according to your availability and location. Volunteers and their furry friends have the power to bring the greatest gifts to our patients' lives... a smile and reassurance that comes with knowing they are genuinely cared for. If you have a friendly canine that has a lot of love to give and spreads joy wherever she/he goes, this is the opportunity for you!
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If your dog is currently certified through an approved, reputable therapy animal agency, you can immediately apply to become a Heartland Hospice volunteer.
Is your pet not certified? We will happily assist you with this process. Once your pet is certified and registered, you will then be trained to become a Heartland Hospice volunteer (i.e., attend an orientation, fill out application paperwork, etc.). Handlers must be at least 18 years of age, agree to a background and reference check, a two-step TB test and have reliable transportation.
NOTE: certain breed restrictions apply.
- Independent volunteering, but having support and advice available
- Providing companionship and being social
- Build relationships and knowing that you make a difference in someone's day.
- Hearing other peoples stories and being part of their story
- Helping other people and giving back to individuals, families, and the community
- Learn and gain experience with hospice, aging, the elderly, chronic diseases, and the end of life
- Practice skills, explore strengths, and grow
- Have new experiences and gaining a new perspective on life