Our Volunteers Make A Difference

Opportunities to volunteer are everywhere, but if Avow’s mission resonates with you, we promise you can make a difference here. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for people with all sorts of interests and schedules. To support Avow with your time, experience and talents, read on!

*High Needs Alert: Hairdresser, Stars & Stripes for Veterans, PAWS Volunteers and Serenity Singers

Volunteer Opportunities

Make visits to patients

Offer respite to family caregivers

Help in the Avow office

Work at Treasures Resale Shop

Help at events

Assist with bereavement outreach

Volunteer assignment opportunities at Avow include:

Provides four hours of respite to the primary caregiver so he/she can run necessary errands, go to lunch with a friend, go to scheduled appointments, etc. These requests are usually scheduled on the same day and time of every week until the patient passes or services are no longer needed.
Provide companionship visits to Avow Hospice patients residing in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities throughout Collier County. As a facility Volunteer you may be asked to read, play cards, go for a walk, or just hold the hand of our patients. Visits are scheduled on a weekly basis but provide flexibility because there is no set day or time.
Provide weekly scheduled visits to our patients and their families who are currently at our inpatient facility. You may also be asked to assist the Clinical Administrative Assistant with paperwork, assist the kitchen with delivering/retrieving meal trays, care for floral arrangements, etc.
These Volunteers serve as life companions for our patients who have no one to walk with them through the last days of their lives. Doulas are trusted partners who commit to staying with their assigned patient more frequently, forming a strong bond, offering compassion and friendship. Doula Volunteers are patient/family Volunteers who receive additional training in areas such as Spiritual Care, Cultural Diversity, Complementary Therapies, Understanding Aspects of Grief, etc.
These are trained Volunteers who provide hairdressing services to our patients in their homes. These Volunteers must hold a valid hairdressing license.

These are trained facility Volunteers who make facility visits with their certified* canines. Dogs must be one year of age or older and certified as a Canine Good Citizen, Delta Pet Partner or any other type of advanced training.

*For more information about Canine Good Citizen certification, please call the Avow volunteer services department at 239-261-4404.

Trained volunteers relieve the patient’s stress through gentle hand massage and the use essential oils and room spray. Regularly assigned to patients at home or in facilities. (2-4 hours upon request.)
Take patients to doctor appointments, as well as hair, nails, shopping and other errands, where a patient is able to ambulate unassisted without medical devices.
Serenity Singers is a women’s a cappella choral group whose mission is to bring comfort through song to hospice patients. The volunteers sing at the patient’s bedside, in groups of two to four. Participants are not required to read music, but must be able to carry a tune and coordinate with other singers for a blended vocal sound. Auditions necessary and participants will need to commit to a rehearsal schedule.
Volunteers with veteran status are assigned to fellow veterans, providing recognition of service, and historical review of service connection if requested.
Our Bereavement Department utilizes volunteers in two ways: 1) Making phone calls to family members who have recently lost a loved one in our program, and 2) Guiding support group attendees to the designated meeting room and other areas of the administration building.
Florida Licensed professionals with active license; social workers, music therapists, clergy, mental health.
Treasures is our resale shop, where there are a variety of tasks to choose from. Volunteers assist customers, create displays, stock shelves, categorize books in the library, and work in the clothing boutique. All sales benefit Avow.
Assist with clerical duties in our Administration Building or one of our satellite offices when needed. These duties include filing, sorting, making telephone calls, creating manuals, photocopying, etc. These volunteers work in various departments and are trained accordingly by each department. They also participate in assembling large mailings.
Any trained Volunteer can participate in fundraising events that take place for Avow’s benefit. Wrapping gifts for donations, selling raffle tickets, or running a concession stand are just a few ways to get involved. Scheduled events primarily take place November through April.
This program is for Collier County students between the ages of 14 -18 who need to fulfill community service hours. Students participate in a special orientation where they learn about Avow’s hospice services and prepare for visiting Avow patients living in skilled nursing facilities and at Frances Georgeson Hospice House. Teen Volunteers may participate in special events and fundraisers such as bake sales and carwashes or work at Avow’s resale shop, Treasures and Books.

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Volunteer Resources

The following information and resources are intended for use by current Avow volunteers.

Group Offerings

Current Avow volunteers who support the clinical (patient) volunteer program are invited to attend a monthy support group meeting on the second Tuesday of the month from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM in the Remembering Room at Ispiri on the Avow campus. The group is facilitated by Avow staff and provides volunteers an opportunity to ask questions, discuss and learn about various volunteer experiences, enhance skills, share your stories, and support each other as you help people through the end of life.

RSVP/Registration is NOT required. Current/active Avow volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Recommended Reading:
“On Death and Dying” by Elisabeth Kubler Ross
“When Autumn Comes” by Mary Jo Bennett
“Finals Gifts” by Maggie Callahan & Patricia Kelly

Volunteer Timesheet Form

For Current Avow Volunteers Only:

Please click on the link below to access the volunteer timesheet form.

Volunteer Timesheet