The Women's Journal

Volunteers Make A Difference With Us

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Presented By Taylor Davis, Delaware Hospice

For 40 years, Delaware Hospice has provided exceptional care and support to patients, their families, and the community. Through the Delaware Hospice Volunteer Program, volunteers help expand the capacity to provide comfort and care to those we serve. 

In 2021, more than 300 volunteers donated 8,533 hours by making follow-up phone calls, sewing Memory Bears, helping children and teens work through their losses at Camp New Hope, and so much more! Their donated time was worth more than $159,000, which allowed Delaware Hospice to direct funds where they’re most needed. 

The Volunteer Program is made up of a diverse group of people ranging in age, various career backgrounds and in different stages of life. There are volunteers celebrating 25 years of service at Delaware Hospice and those who recently just started. 

Connie, a retired nurse celebrating 5 years of volunteer service, said, “As a nurse, we spend our career caring for and/or teaching others to provide care, and volunteering is an avenue to continue that philosophy. It gives meaning and purpose to those extra hours we have, especially during retirement. It’s about doing for others, especially at a time when they are most vulnerable and in need. I am most thankful for this opportunity to be a part of Delaware Hospice!” 

Based on skill sets and wishes, volunteers help in a variety of areas throughout Delaware Hospice. Running errands with or for patients is always a needed service and is a wonderful experience for the volunteer and patient. Visiting with patients in one of our programs such as Delaware Transitions or Delaware Palliative, are other rewarding volunteer opportunities. 

Many volunteers choose to talk, read, and play cards with a patient and their family. Other volunteers enjoy helping in the Delaware Hospice offices and contribute administratively by updating databases, completing informational packets, or even taking pictures at our fundraising events. There are also opportunities for Veterans to volunteer through our Vet to Vet program, and young people (ages 16-18) to volunteer in our Junior Volunteer program. 

 “I invite you to spread some kindness through volunteering; your invested time returns multiple gains,” said Joyce McCoy.  

We always need new volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents with the community! We’ll help you find a volunteer role that fits your skills, schedule, and interests. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Apply today at or call the Volunteer Department at 302-856-7717.