Trained volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice of the Fisher Home’s team, both at our hospice residence and in patients’ homes.

Volunteers contribute in many ways. They offer company and a sympathetic ear to patients and their loved ones. Volunteers may read aloud, play music, or just sit quietly. They also help with household chores such as cooking, serving meals, grocery shopping, and gardening. Some volunteers help out with administrative work, including fundraising efforts and event planning.

As an introduction to our hospice program and our philosophy, and as mandated by federal regulations, new volunteers take part in a training course led by the Fisher Home’s volunteer coordinator. This course teaches newcomers about the principles of hospice, introduces them to our clinical and administrative staff, defines their role as volunteer members of our staff, and explores personal attitudes toward dying and death. The volunteer coordinator then monitors new volunteers’ visits to the residence or to patients’ homes, offering advice and counsel along the way.

Volunteers at the Hospice of the Fisher Home represent a wide range of ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultural interests. All must agree to a one-year commitment of two hours a week. For more information about volunteering or to become a member of the volunteer team, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Barbara Russell at brussell@fisherhome.org or 413-549-0115.

Another way to help
If you have a flair for retail, you might be interested in supporting the Fisher Home by working in our thriving Hospice Shop, on University Drive in Amherst. We would love to hear from you! Please contact our Hospice Shop director, Ali Diamond, at adiamond@fisherhome.org or 413-549-8800.

"The volunteers were welcoming, kind, masters of where anything and everything could be located in a cupboard or closet, chefs, musicians, good conversationalists, gentle, funny, intuitive, supportive, and patient. They were all just amazing! The peaceful energy the volunteers brought helped create a sense of calm in the middle of a stressful time."

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