Volunteer with St. John Hospice

St. John Hospice volunteers do very special work, and help in a variety of ways.

Companionship with the patient or a family member is the most usual activity; our hospice volunteers also help with errands or transportation.

Most volunteers prefer to visit St. John Hospice patients who are receiving care at home or in a nursing home.

Some hospice volunteers do not work directly with patients; these volunteers help with office work, mailings and educational activities for the hospice program. 

The patients and families of St. John Hospice need your help. This is an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life.

Patient and Family Services Volunteer Job Description

Volunteers work with assigned hospice patient and his or her family under the direction of the Volunteer Coordinator. Provides practical support services as indicated by the hospice plan of care and patient/family needs.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Provides respite care for primary caregiver 
  • Visits with patient 
  • Provides companionship and supportive listening 
  • Helps patient with personal tasks such as letter writing, reading, etc. 
  • Shopping or running errands 
  • Helps patient with light meal or liquid intake 
  • Other supportive activities as directed


  • Emotional maturity 
  • Listening skills 
  • Willingness to accept supervision and guidance 
  • Dependability 
  • Successful incorporation of losses in own life 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Ability to accept people the way they are 
  • Successful completion of hospice volunteer orientation and training
  • Willingness to attend volunteer support meetings and continuing educational programs  as scheduled 
  • Willingness to meet timely volunteer reporting requirements 
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance, transportation and current TB test certification (St. John Hospice will provide testing) 

How Do I Become a St. John Hospice Volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call our Volunteer Coordinator at 918-877-4697.

St. John Hospice
4720 S. Harvard, Ste. 202
Tulsa, OK 74135

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is conducted by hospice professionals and volunteers and is open to anyone who wants to learn about hospice and is interested in volunteering. Topics include the history and philosophy of hospice, concepts of death and dying, care and comfort measures, understanding diseases and conditions, spirituality, communication skills and bereavement issues.