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Volunteer Opportunities at Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s

Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s
240 Union Station
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-1100

St. Luke’s Hospice House
2455 Black River Road
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-1100

Becoming a Volunteer

Every hospice volunteer has something special and significant to contribute, and we welcome new ideas. There is no set amount of hours you must commit to volunteering for St. Luke’s Hospice. If you believe you are a prospective hospice volunteer, click on the link below or call or email our Volunteer Coordinator.

Please download and complete the Adult Volunteer Application Package and send to:

Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s
240 Union Station
Bethlehem, PA 18015
484-526-7124

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Office at
484-526-1100, or email Juana.VanSteenvoort@sluhn.org.

Adult Volunteer Application Package

More than one million people and their families are cared for by hospice each year, many with the support of volunteers. When hospice care became a Medicare benefit in 1982, written into the law by President Ronal Reagan was a requirement that community volunteers had to provide a minimum of five percent of total patient care hours. It is one of the things that makes hospice care unique in health care.

Hospice Needs Volunteers

St. Luke’s Hospice relies on volunteer support to provide extraordinary end-of-life care to patients and families. By being a hospice volunteer, you gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you made an impact in another person’s life.

Hospice volunteers provide companionship to people living with a terminal illness and help their family caregivers in a variety of ways. Our volunteers help with office work, fund raising, community outreach and other operational areas.

St. Luke’s Hospice volunteers work as part of a team with our doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice aides and chaplains to provide the best care and support available to our patients and their families facing end-of-life challenges.

Hospice Trains Volunteers

All St. Luke’s Hospice volunteers receive training to ensure they feel comfortable with their tasks. The training program varies in length and generally covers the following areas:

  • Philosophy of hospice care
  • Overview of services
  • Physical, emotional, social and spiritual issues that people encounter at the end of life.
  • The role of the volunteer for individual needs, cultural concerns, emergency management, infection control precautions and what to do when a patient dies
  • Effective communication skills when speaking with the patient and family members
  • Boundaries for the hospice volunteer and the patient and family
  • Basic Information about grief and loss

“My husband’s last days were wonderful because of the help of St Luke’s Hospice.” — Mary K.

The Role of a Hospice Volunteer

As a St. Luke’s Hospice volunteer you have choices as to how much and what types of things you want to do. Volunteers are never asked to do something they are not comfortable doing. Some examples of areas where volunteer support is needed are:

Direct Patient Care and Family Support *

  • Companionship
  • Assist with errands
  • Caregiver respite

Bereavement *

  • Facilitate workshops and support groups
  • Provide support to bereaved family members
* Applicants who have recently experienced the loss of a family member are asked to wait until they have completed a bereavement period of at least one year before applying to become a hospice volunteer.

Community Outreach

  • Educate the community about hospice volunteer opportunities at health fairs, schools, churches and local organizations
  • Assist at special events

Administrative and Clerical Duties

  • Assist with program administration and development
  • Perform general office responsibilities

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Office, 484-526-1100, or email Juana.VanSteenvoort@sluhn.org.

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484-526-1100

1-800-211-4788

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