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Benefits to Volunteering

Volunteering at Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice offers a range of benefits that extend far beyond conventional rewards. Here’s what you can look forward to when you join our volunteer team:

  • Making a Significant Difference: Experience the profound satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from making a tangible difference in the lives of patients and their families. Your contributions can transform a difficult period into one of comfort and hope.
  • Developing New Skills: Acquire valuable new skills and insights, particularly in healthcare, which can enhance your professional and personal growth. This hands-on experience is invaluable and widely respected across various fields.
  • Enhancing Communication Abilities: Sharpen your interpersonal skills through meaningful interactions with patients, families, and healthcare professionals. These skills are essential in all walks of life and can improve your ability to navigate and resolve complex emotional situations.
  • Personal Growth and Self-Confidence: Volunteering challenges you to grow in ways that few other experiences can. It increases empathy, boosts self-confidence, and provides new perspectives on life, enriching your personal development.
  • Earning Community Service Hours: Collect service hours that can be beneficial for fulfilling academic requirements or enhancing job applications. We provide documentation of your commitment and dedication to community service.
  • Building Community Connections: Forge new relationships and become part of a community that values compassion and support. These connections can be deeply rewarding and provide a sense of belonging and teamwork.

Volunteer Roles & Opportunities:

At Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, our volunteers are essential to delivering personalized care that honors the dignity and preferences of each patient. Here’s what you can expect when you join our team:

  • Providing Personalized Care: Engage directly in activities that support our patients’ comfort and well-being according to their personal preferences and needs. This may involve visiting patients in their homes to assist with daily tasks, provide companionship, or simply lend a listening ear.
  • A Team Approach: Join a dedicated team that addresses all aspects of patient well-being, encompassing medical, emotional, and spiritual support. Your role will integrate with a broader care strategy, contributing to a holistic approach that benefits the patient and their family.
  • Continuous Guidance and Support: Benefit from ongoing training and mentoring provided by experienced healthcare professionals. This continuous education ensures you are well-prepared to handle the responsibilities of your role and adapt to the evolving needs of the patients you serve.
  • Ongoing Support for Families: Play a critical role in supporting families beyond the completion of hospice care. Your involvement can help provide ongoing comfort and assistance, helping families navigate their grief and ensuring they do not feel alone during these challenging times.

Benefits to Volunteering

Become a volunteer with Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice and discover the joy of making a real difference. Benefits include:

  • Making a Significant Difference: Your help brings comfort and hope to patients and their families during tough times.
  • Developing New Skills: Learn valuable new skills, particularly in healthcare, which can enrich both your professional and personal life.
  • Enhancing Communication Abilities: Improve your communication skills through meaningful interactions with patients, families, and staff.
  • Personal Growth and Self-Confidence: Volunteering offers personal growth, boosts self-confidence, and provides new life perspectives.
  • Earning Community Service Hours: Receive recognition for your service, which can help with various academic or professional goals.
  • Building Community Connections: Connect with others who value compassion and support, enriching your sense of community.

Volunteer Roles & Opportunities:

At Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, our volunteers are essential to delivering personalized care that honors the dignity and preferences of each patient. Here’s what you can expect when you join our team:

  • Provide Personalized Care: Assist with daily tasks and provide companionship, respecting each patient’s personal needs and preferences.
  • Work as Part of a Team: Collaborate on all aspects of patient well-being including medical, emotional, and spiritual support.
  • Receive Continuous Training: Get ongoing guidance from experienced professionals to prepare you thoroughly for your role.
  • Support Families Continuously: Help families cope with grief and provide ongoing support even after care ends.

Requirements and Commitments

To ensure the highest quality of care and to maintain the trust of the families we serve, our volunteers are asked to meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a Training Program: All volunteers undergo a comprehensive training program designed to prepare you for the various situations you may encounter while volunteering.
  • Agree to a Background Check: A background check is necessary to ensure the safety and security of our patients and their families.
  • Commit to Service: We ask volunteers to commit to at least three hours per week for a minimum of six months to ensure continuity of care and to build lasting relationships with patients and families.

How to Become a Volunteer:

Ready to make a meaningful impact? Here’s how you can start your journey as a volunteer:

  1. Complete the Online Application Form: Fill out our application form below to tell us more about yourself and your interest in volunteering.
  2. Attend an Orientation Session: Learn about our organization, our values, and the details of the services we provide.
  3. Undergo Necessary Training: Participate in our training sessions to ensure you are fully prepared to take on your volunteer role effectively and compassionately.


Here are some additional FAQs that may help you better understand our volunteer program and how you can get involved:

  • What types of volunteer roles are available? We offer a variety of roles including patient companionship, administrative assistance, event coordination, and special projects support. Depending on your interests and skills, we will help you find a role that suits you best.

  • Do I need medical experience to volunteer? No, medical experience is not required for most volunteer positions. We provide all necessary training for each role. However, volunteers who do have medical or caregiving experience are encouraged to apply as they can provide valuable support in specialized areas.

  • Can I choose my hours, or are they assigned? We strive to be flexible with our volunteers’ schedules. While we ask for a minimum commitment, we work with you to find times that fit your availability.

  • What is the process for becoming a volunteer? The process typically includes completing an application, attending an orientation session, undergoing a background check, and participating in role-specific training. Once these steps are completed, you will be matched with volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and schedule.

  • Is there an age limit for volunteers? Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

  • Are there opportunities to volunteer with a friend or a group? Yes, we welcome individual volunteers as well as groups. Volunteering with a friend or as part of a group can be a rewarding experience and helps us expand our impact in the community.

  • How do I report my volunteer hours? We provide a system for logging and tracking your volunteer hours. Regular reporting helps us measure the impact of our volunteer program and is essential for recognizing your contribution.

  • What support is available for volunteers who feel emotionally overwhelmed? We understand that volunteering in hospice care can be emotionally challenging. We offer regular support meetings and counseling sessions to help our volunteers manage their emotions and continue providing compassionate care.

  • Are there opportunities for advancement or leadership within the volunteer program? Yes, volunteers who show dedication and leadership can take on supervisory roles, mentor new volunteers, or lead projects. These opportunities allow for personal and professional growth within our organization.

Volunteer Application Here:

Thank you for considering joining our volunteer team. Your time and talents can truly make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We look forward to welcoming you into our community!