formerly Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care


Volunteer with Us

  • "Our family would like to thank everyone involved in my husband's care. You helped us to fulfill his final wish and make his final journey from home. You are all amazing and special; you took great care of him as well as his family."

  • "Your caring staff is so valuable to families during critical times. Your support is very comforting and appreciated. We are truly grateful."

  • "We were blessed with the loving care you gave our Dad. The nurse was great and treated him like he was part of her family. We are forever grateful for all of you. Thank you."

  • "To the Hospice folks, words cannot express our thanks and appreciation for your tender touch and loving professionalism during our Dad's illness. We will always remember our nurse's expert skills and abilities as well as her personal touch. "

  • "We want to thank everyone who cared for our Mother. Everyone was so nice and caring and went over and beyond what we could have hoped for. Thank you all."

CareFirst welcomes volunteers of all age and all capacities. Whatever your talents may be, we can match you to an opportunity that could change your life:

Patient Care
Patient Care Volunteers

These volunteers provide emotional support and companionship to hospice patients and their families. Visits are made to the patient's location (i.e. nursing home, extended care facility, or private home) and time is spent interacting with the patient. You might just sit and talk, or play cards, or watch a favorite TV program, or talk about current events. Visits usually last from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Volunteers do not provide any medical care.

Vigil Volunteers

Believing no one should die alone, Vigil volunteers provide a presence and comfort to dying patients who have no family available for support during the final hours. Vigil volunteers maintain communication with distant family and relay final messages of comfort and love, communicate patient needs to Hospice staff and assist distant family with local connections for funeral services or other support resources.

Community Support
Fund Raising

Many Hospice volunteers enjoy the challenge of fund raising. Because insurance reimbursements may not cover all of the costs of hospice care, fund raising is an important ongoing program. Volunteers serve on committees to plan community fund raising events such as the new annual 'Hospice Golf Tournament' and the 'Petal Pushers' geranium sale. Some volunteers may also independently organize fund raising events in their own communities or through local organizations to benefit CareFirst. Fund raising support from volunteers is a crucial element to ensure that Hospice remains a viable healthcare choice in the Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties service area.

Community Education

Educating the community about the benefits of hospice services is one of the major challenges of hospice. Too often patients and families learn about hospice late in an illness. Volunteers join with the professional staff in sharing information and answering questions in a variety of community settings such as community health fairs and fund raising events. Wherever they meet the public, Hospice volunteers are prepared to respond to questions and tell the hospice story.

Office Support
Some Hospice volunteers are more comfortable exercising their office skills than providing direct patient care. Office support volunteers regularly assist with filing, assembling patient information packets, copying manuals and handouts, shredding papers, helping with major mailings, and more. Other volunteers stand by to assist with special tasks and short-term clerical requests.

For more information on volunteering at CareFirst, click here to download our brochure.

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Tonight members of our team attended a fundraising dinner for Bampa's House - Corning Comfort Care, Inc.! What a fun event celebrating life!

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We might be biased, yet we think our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual care coordinators, volunteers, and administration are pretty special!

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