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Types of Volunteering

Across our organization, hundreds of volunteers offer care, support, help and compassion. Our volunteers have completed thorough training and passed thorough background checks.

Hospice Volunteering Opportunities

If you are interested in learning how to become a hospice volunteer, contact your local hospice office or email with your questions.

  • Companionship. Volunteers can read to hospice patients, play cards or just offer a comforting presence.
  • Respite. Volunteers can sit with hospice patients while their family members take a break from caregiving.
  • Homemaking Duties. Volunteers can assist patients and their families with homemaking tasks and outdoor work.
  • Run Errands. Volunteers can help run errands.
  • Transportation. Hospice volunteers can take patients to doctor appointments and deliver supplies.
  • Veteran-to-Veteran Program. Our Veteran-to-Veteran Program is a special service pairing Veterans who are volunteers with patients who have served our country. If you are a Veteran, a specialized Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer can provide companionship while talking, reading and sitting with patients.
  • Music. Volunteers can sing or play CDs for patients' musical enjoyment.
  • Life Review. Specially trained volunteers interview patients about their lives. The conversations are recorded and given to patients/families as a gift for a long-lasting memory.
  • Story Book. A specially trained volunteer assists the patient by recording the patient reading a story that can then be shared for generations to come. The patient and family are given the CD and the book for a keep sake.
  • Community Outreach. Volunteers help spread the word about our mission at community events and speaking engagements.
  • Additional Support:
    • 11th Hour Program. Specially trained volunteers can provide a quiet presence during the final hours of life, providing companionship and support for family members through our 11th Hour Program.
    • Bereavement Support. Specially trained volunteers assist the bereavement counselors to help families through the grief journey.

HCI Giving Tree thrift store Volunteers

Sales and donations at HCI Giving Tree thrift stores (in Urbandale and in Des Moines' East Village) support programs benefiting patients served by HCI Hospice Care Services. If you are energetic and seek a fun way to support a great mission, we invite you to become a thrift store volunteer!  To learn more, call (515) 270-2414 or visit

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa Volunteers

HCI Care Services' community partner and fellow non-profit Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa offers many types of volunteering experiences that benefit homebound seniors, help young people, support struggling families and strengthen connections between generations. Please visit VNS of Iowa's volunteer page to learn about their volunteering opportunities.