Volunteering for Adults

Caring, committed volunteers are 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 provide comprehensive training and support for our volunteers.

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.

  1. Inpatient unit volunteers assist with patient visits, family hospitality and staff support at our 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 short walk from the CTA Pink Line Polk St. Station, the Harrison Street Bus and the Blue Line Medical Center Station).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Volunteer Training

New Volunteer Orientation session are held frequently throughout the year.Your volunteer coordinator will provide orientation options upon successful completion of your interview and State background check.

To become a volunteer of Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, candidates must successfully complete orientation and the required core competency tests.

Volunteers transferring from other hospices must provide documentation of similar training and competency tests, and complete Horizon's organizational specific orientation and testing.

Volunteer competency testing is required on an annual basis, as it is for all staff.

New volunteers and all active volunteers are encouraged to attend weekly interdisciplinary team meetings and monthly Clinical Case Conferences.

Volunteer Applications can be found here

As of June 1st, 2014, all new applicants for non-licensed staff or volunteer positions need to undergo biometric testing (fingerprinting) to meet new federal and state requirements. You will need to fill out forms for fingerprinting authorization as part of your interview process. The cost will be covered by Horizon Hospice.

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.