Volunteer with Rainbow

Join our team and make a difference in your community

If you are a current volunteer click here for the Volunteer Information Center



A group of volunteers founded Rainbow Hospice Care in 1990, and volunteer involvement continues to be an extremely important part of the work we do.

In fact, Medicare requires that at least five percent of all hours of paid care provided by Rainbow Hospice Care staff be matched in the form of volunteer hours. This regulation reflects the vital role that volunteers play in the hospice philosophy of care and ensures that a hospice program has roots deep in the community. And because the number of patients and families we serve continues to grow, we’re always looking for more volunteers for both the in-home and inpatient programs.

Currently, Rainbow Hospice Care has nearly 200 volunteers—not including volunteers with Your Friends in Action, our sister organization that serves area residents with challenges due to aging, disability, or chronic illness, but not terminal illness. Volunteers for both programs come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to more than 80, each with their own skills and specialties. Whether you can help out often or only once in a while, every effort is appreciated. No matter the volunteer interest or level of involvement, all volunteers receive a thorough orientation and training before they are given any assignment. No one is ever expected to take on something they don’t want to do.

Some of the ways our volunteers help in our mission to provide comfort and meaning:

  • Reading to a patient or holding a hand
  • Relieving family members
  • Shopping or doing errands for a patient
  • Listening
  • Helping patients write or tell their life stories
  • Cooking, light household chores
  • Providing help with makeup and hair
  • Playing cards, working on crafts, etc.
  • Knitting comfort shawls or sewing quilts
  • Assisting Rainbow office staff
  • Phone follow up
  • Tuck-in program calls
  • Sitting vigil
  • Helping with landscaping or in the garden
  • And much more

Additional volunteer opportunities available at the Inpatient Center include staffing the reception desk, helping in the kitchen, giving tours, making flower arrangements, tending the gardens, and assisting with administrative activities like data entry, answering or making phone calls, filing, preparing mailings, etc. And there’s always a need for extra help with making presentations and other education and outreach activities, fund-raising campaigns and special events.


Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program

Our new Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program aims to pair recruited Veteran Volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Once paired with hospice patients who also have military experience, Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with Veteran patients and their families.





To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Rainbow Hospice Care, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 920-674-6255 or fill out our volunteer application.