Volunteer at CareFirst

Volunteer at CareFirst

Volunteers are a special group of people. They volunteer their time, their hands, and a warm heart. They expect nothing in return other than knowing they helped another human being. Listening is the greatest skill volunteers can offer to patients and families. Being there when called upon creates a memorable relationship.

CareFirst welcomes volunteers of all age and all capacities. Whatever your talents may be, we can match you to an opportunity! No experience is required to become a volunteer at CareFirst – just an interest in helping.


Event Support

Many volunteers enjoy the challenge of fundraising. Because insurance reimbursements may not cover all of the costs of hospice care, fundraising is an important ongoing programming. Volunteers serve on committees to plan fundraising events such as the ‘Petal Pushers’ geranium sale, Ready Set Glow 5K, Designer Purse Bingo, and others. Some volunteers may also independently organize fundraising events in their own communities or through local organizations to benefit CareFirst. Volunteer fundraising support is a crucial element to ensure that CareFirst remains a viable organization in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties.


Patient Support

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.

Office & Administrative

Some volunteers are more comfortable exercising their office skills than providing direct patient care. Office and administrative 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.


Our bereavement volunteers assist with caregivers and family members after the death of a loved one. They make condolence calls to caregivers 5-7 days after the death of a loved one on our services to offer support. They also check in with caregivers via phone every 3, 6, 9, and 12 months to make sure they are doing well and don’t have any grief needs at that time. Bereavement volunteers can also assist with our memorial events throughout the year.


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.