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Why should I volunteer with Agrace?

You can be an important part of fulfilling Agrace’s mission! By volunteering in one of our many roles, you can make life just a little easier for our patients and their families, or help support Agrace’s staff and programs. Volunteering for Agrace might be a great fit for you if you’d like to:

  • feel good about giving to an organization that is important to you,
  • work with Agrace staff, patients and families, or other volunteers,
  • use your current skills or learn new ones, or
  • be part of the amazing, compassionate care Agrace provides!

If you’re ready to learn more about becoming an Agrace volunteer, please call (608) 327-7163 or email Volunteer Services. If you email, please include your phone number so we can call you.

 

Who can volunteer with Agrace?

We have opportunities for volunteers age 14 and older. Some volunteers work directly with patients and families, while others prefer to help Agrace in other ways, such as helping with office work, hospitality, special events or customer service at our thrift stores (take a look below for much more detail on common volunteer roles).

You do not need to have experience working or volunteering in health care.

You do need to be able to pass background checks for the protection of our patients and organization.

We encourage diversity.

 

Where and when can I volunteer?

Service Area Map - April 2016

You can volunteer at our offices, thrift stores, inpatient units/residence, or with our patients–in their homes or in long-term care facilities across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

You can choose opportunities to suit your schedule, including days, evenings or weekends. Most roles require a 50-hour per-year minimum time commitment. Averaging just one hour a week can make a difference!

You can also participate in one-time activities as an individual or with a group. Please call and talk with our staff about your interests and availability.

 

What can I do as a volunteer?

 

What training is provided?

You’ll get free training to prepare you be successful in your role. Training starts with a  four-hour orientation, where you’ll learn about hospice and palliative care, and about our organization. Additional training is required and provided if you plan to volunteer directly with patients or with people who attend Agrace grief support groups.

The orientation and training sessions also give you a chance to meet other volunteers who share your passion for Agrace.

 

How do I get started?

Want to learn more about becoming an Agrace volunteer? Call Agrace’s volunteer line or email us. If emailing, please include your phone number.

  (608) 327-7163        Contact Us
 

For Current Volunteers

Thank you, Agrace Volunteers! Below is your access to VIP (the Volunteer Information Portal), as well as Home Care visit reporting and online scheduling. VIP gives you access to information such as:

  • Agrace news and updates,
  • volunteer spotlights,
  • educational resources, and more!

Contact Volunteer Services with any log-in questions.

“I know from my own experience how important the support is to families, staff and patients. Each visit is different, and I usually come away feeling that I have gained more than I have given. It can be joyful, challenging and at times sad, but always leaves me knowing I make a difference.”

— Marty Hake, Agrace volunteer since 2008

“I have had the privilege of working with other volunteers, as well as with working with patients. Educating and training new volunteers has been one of the most rewarding tasks I have had. I am filled with pride to share what Agrace has to offer and the many opportunities there are for volunteering.”

— Mary Hyland, Agrace volunteer since 2007

“I am sometimes amazed that I can be present for someone, watching over their process, so that any needs can be met if and when needed (and in the wee hours of the night when it is so calm and quiet). I almost always come away feeling nourished and more alive. That is a real gift to me!”

— Lynn Messinger, Agrace volunteer since 2014, about her work as a vigil volunteer