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Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Training


Hospice volunteers are ordinary people, of all ages and from all walks of life, with an extraordinary love and a passionate concern for others. They contribute to the overall well being of our community one person, one family at a time. Volunteers help Family Hospice and those we serve in many ways - and are limited only by their imagination.

There are many volunteer opportunities available! To begin the process, call Nick Petti in the Volunteer Department, at (412) 651-1602 or pettin@upmc.edu. We will match you with an opportunity that best fits your talents and interests.

Our next volunteer training is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mt. Lebanon.

Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Patient/family companionship, including patients at our inpatient unit in Lawrenceville; in patients' homes, or senior communities
  • Assisting in development planning efforts, including fundraising events (such as the Golf Benefit, Memorial Cruise, Guest Speaker Events, etc.)
  • Bereavement support
  • Office administrative support
  • Pittsburgh Threshold Choir (see below)
  • Reiki
  • All patient volunteers receive training and orientation. Training programs are offered at various locations and times, i.e., evenings or weekends, to accommodate the busy schedules of our diverse volunteer population. Training locations include our inpatient unit in Lawrenceville and venues throughout the community.
  • Volunteer training is free.
  • Family Hospice appreciates all volunteer efforts and recognizes their contributions to our patients and families at an annual luncheon and award ceremony.

Online Volunteer Application

Online Volunteer Referral Form

Family Hospice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, marital or Veteran status in any respect, including but not limited to, employment, the admission of patients and/or the treatment available to patients. The reaffirmation of this commitment is made in conformance with Federal, State and local laws and regulations.



Pittsburgh Threshold Choir

An article in INCommunity/Mt. Lebanon (http://www.familyhospicepa.org/webfm_send/431) describes this unique volunteer opportunity. More information about the Pittsburgh Threshold Choir is available here (http://ptc.groupanizer.com/) .