Be inspired, fulfilled, happy, connected…
Volunteer with us!
Volunteer with us!
Be inspired, fulfilled, happy, connected…
As a nonprofit organization, where no one is ever turned away for care, we understand the importance of our volunteers and value each of them. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Our volunteers provide companionship for patients and families, assist with grief support groups, help with music and art projects, provide administrative support, greet customers at Heirlooms and so much more.
Join our family of volunteers and help transform your community. Even a couple of hours a week can make a difference!
Voted Best Place to Volunteer!
Thank you to our communities for voting HopeWest and Heirlooms:
Best of the West 2023
1st Place, Best Volunteer Group
Beacon Best Awards 2023
Best Place to Volunteer, Montrose & Delta
Whatever your interests and schedule, we’ll find the right fit for you.
Volunteers who support patients and families through their professional services, including:
- Hairstyling and barber services
- Massage Therapy
- Public Notary
- Certified Therapy Dogs
- Music Therapy
Patient & Family Support
Volunteers visit in patients’ homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, as well as the Ferris Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction.
Example of Activities:
- Respite care
- Transportation and shopping
- Meal Preparation
- Reading and letter writing
- Recording life stories
- Light housekeeping
- Yard work and gardening
- Playing music
- Supporting veterans
Heirlooms for Hospice
HopeWest has three Heirlooms stores: Grand Junction, Delta, and Montrose. Volunteers are the primary personnel for these stores.
Volunteers are needed for:
- Greeting customers
- Helping Shoppers
- Sorting Items
- Display & Merchandising
- Repurposing items
Characteristics of Heirlooms Volunteers:
- Love to shop
- Love to decorate
- Creative and crafty
- Love working with people
- Physically able to be on their feet for 2-4 hour shifts
HopeWest Kids Volunteers
HopeWest Kids Volunteers have a variety of ways to help. Some are periodic assignments and some are more routine. They involve working with kids of different ages and circumstances.
- Volunteering as a camp buddy for a weekend or day camp
- Volunteering with the equine therapy program
- Helping support kid activities by organizing supplies or supporting the logistics of their many programs
Characteristics of HopeWest Kids Volunteers:
- Love children and have lots of energy
- Experience working with children (retired teachers and counselors)
- Ability to be flexible and go with the flow
PACE stands for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. It is a Medicaid/Medicare program that provides all health care needs to individuals who meet the criteria for PACE. PACE participants will be 55 and over, meet the level of care of a nursing home, and be living safely in the community. The goal of PACE is to help individuals live and stay in their homes and communities through comprehensive care coordination.
We have three volunteer positions we are looking for currently:
• Day Center Social/Float Support: Support participants in the Day Center. This may include assisting with activities, serving meals, spending time with participants, etc.
• Day Center Companion: Meet our potential participants on their first day at the Day Center and accompany them throughout the day and make them feel welcome.
• Volunteer Van Companion: Support our transportation department with participants having a companion to talk to while being transported to and from the Day Center.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
HopeWest teen volunteers have a variety of ways to help. Teens must be at least 13 years old.
- Special events
- Administration and office
- Beauty Queens
- Life Story (must be 16 years old)
- Assist with Equine program
- Help with Itty Bitty Day Camp and Camp Good Grief
- Babysitting during grief group meetings
- Playing piano at the Ferris Hospice Care Center
If you love flowers and gardening, Tanglewood in Grand Junction is for you! Talented volunteers beautify the HopeWest campus in so many ways. They plan and plant gardens, decorate for holidays, and arrange donated flowers to beautify the Care Center.
Characteristics of Tanglewood Volunteers:
- Love flowers and gardening
- Physically able to perform work in the gardens
- Enjoy floral arrangement
Special Project Volunteers
Special Project Volunteers are used for periodic assignments.
Cakes are baked for patients’ birthdays and anniversaries. Memory bears and pillows are sewed from garments of loved ones for family members. Baked and cooked foods are needed for volunteer trainings, memorial services, support groups and lunches during the special event set-up.
Characteristics of Special Project Volunteers:
- Prefer flexible work
- Able to sew
- Physically capable of assisting with set up of events
- Like to bake and cook
Administrative and Office Support
There are a number of opportunities for office and administrative volunteers, including:
- Being a receptionist
- Data entry
- Preparing mailings
- Answering the phone
Characteristics of Administrative Volunteers:
- Typing, filing, or computer skills
- Enjoy office duties
- Love to greet visitors and make them feel welcome
Special Event Volunteers
HopeWest has a number of special events including galas, holiday shows, golf tournaments, and cornhole events.
Volunteers are needed for creation of props and decorations, as well as event set up and manning of various duties at the event. If you are creative or enjoy a party, you will love being a part of this dedicated group.
Characteristics of Special Event Volunteers:
- Physically able to move supplies and props
- Enjoy being part of the event logistics
Ferris Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction
Administrative volunteers work at the reception desk. Patient support volunteers work with the care team to help respond to call lights, deliver patients’ meals, stock supplies, laundry collection and storage, visit with patients and families, and walk patients’ visiting pets.
Hands-on volunteers are specifically trained to assist staff with patients that have greater needs and require two-person assistance with walking, bathing, or toileting.
Characteristics of HopeWest Ferris Care Center volunteers:
- Friendly and welcoming personality
- Love to make patients and families feel comfortable
- Enjoy visiting with patients and providing support to families
Adult Grief Support
Grief support volunteers receive additional training to be of support to our families grieving the death of a loved one.
Bereavement volunteers are needed to:
- Make supportive phone calls to bereaved
- Assist with grief groups
- Provide one-on-one support
Characteristics of Bereavement Volunteers:
- People who have navigated a significant loss in their own lives and can share their strength with others
- Have social work or counseling experience
- Love to listen and provide support to others
The HopeWest Volunteer Vigil Care Program was created to comfort and support hospice patients who are in their final hours of life and have no family or friends present. Vigil care volunteers are highly-trained patient care volunteers who provide a reassuring presence at the bedside to dying patients.
We are dedicated to making every minute of life as comfortable as possible and ensuring that no one has to die alone. Our goal is to provide vigil volunteers 24-hours a day, seven days a week to sit with patients who are dying.
“Spending time visiting with my hospice friends is a privilege. Hearing their life experiences is pure joy.”
– Dennis, Patient Support Volunteer
“I volunteer because I like to greet our PACE Participants and other guests. I get to develop relationships and connect with our Participants, other volunteers, and the staff. That sharing of humanity, and connecting with others, is my why. It is such joy, and fills my heart.”
– Zoanne Wilcox, Administrative Volunteer
“I believe strongly in what goes around, comes around…when you give of yourself, great things come back to you! I have volunteered at Heirlooms since it came to Delta years ago. The many experiences I have in supporting HopeWest are truly rewarding and fulfilling.”
– Karen, Heirlooms Volunteer
“I love to volunteer at Heirlooms because I have a servant’s heart and I need to serve. I find joy in celebrating each customer’s purchase and supporting the mission of HopeWest.”
– Laurie, Heirlooms Volunteer