Volunteering for Adults
Caring, committed volunteers can be found at the heart of Horizon Hospice's Circle of Care. Since its inception, Horizon has built its sterling reputation on the compassion and skill of very special individuals who contribute their time, talents and true generosity to patients at the end of life and their families. We train our volunteers very carefully and provide them with plenty of support.
We have volunteers that work out of our Chicago and Olympia Fields offices and the Ada F. Addington Inpatient Hospice Unit at Rush University Medical Center. You can choose the location that is most convenient for you.
What do Horizon Volunteers Do?
If you are looking for a personally enriching and emotionally gratifying volunteer experience, you can choose to become involved in different ways.
Inpatient unit volunteers assist with patient visits, family hospitality and staff support at our new 13 bed Inpatient Unit, located on the fifth floor of the Johnston R. Bowman Center on the Rush University Medical Center campus, 710 S. Paulina Street (a very short walk from the CTA Pink Line Polk St. Station, the Harrison Street Bus, and the Blue Line Medical Center Station).
Direct care volunteers assist the patient and family in the home. Volunteers may simply visit with the patient or provide respite for the caregiver. Bi-lingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Bereavement care volunteers provide emotional support to family members following the death of a loved one. By maintaining involvement with family members, Horizon can monitor the grieving process and can help guide a bereaved person toward resuming a healthy, productive life. Bi-lingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Administrative volunteers may assist staff with the many administrative details in the office. Tasks may include copying and filing documents, answering phones, collating or mailing. Bi-lingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.
Our next new volunteer orientation class for both community and inpatient volunteers will take place in late Spring, with dates to be announced. Classes are typically held in a series of Wednesday evenings, from 6-9PM.
Each session will be held at our Chicago office at 833 W. Chicago. To become a volunteer with Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, all new volunteers are required to attend all five evenings or their equivalent.
Note that a shorter training program is required and will be provided for volunteers coming from other hospice programs. To participate in this shorter training program, documentation of previous training is required.
Volunteer Inservice and Annual Review
To be announced.
Volunteer Applications can be found here
Criminal Background Check Authorization can be found here
Horizon's Kids Who Care program runs out of the south suburban location, and is open to any school age child or teen who is interested in providing fun, friendship and practical help to south suburban seniors. Activities range from making greeting cards, to creating holiday baskets filled with goodies, to providing game nights and other fun intergenerational activities at senior centers and nursing homes. Some Kids Who Care also do grocery shopping for seniors or provide simple yardwork. If you are interested in Kids Who Care, please visit here.
Please note that potential volunteers must meet with the appropriate Volunteer Coordinator before being accepted into the program.
For a schedule of upcoming volunteer events, click here. To learn more about the satisfaction of helping people through a most difficult time, call the Volunteer Coordinator at 312-492-3082.