Every Day Volunteers Make a Positive Difference at Reliance Hospice


The hospice movement was founded by a dedicated group of Volunteers committed to caring for patients at the end of life and supporting their families and friends. Volunteers play an essential role by providing compassionate care to patients and their loved ones, as well as office support to the Reliance Hospice team.

Volunteers are ready and available to offer companionship to patients, relief or respite time to caregivers, help with errands, or being a vigil presence for dying patients.

In addition, Volunteers may be available to engage patients in art and music therapy.

  • Telephone interview
  • Volunteer Application
  • In-person interview
  • Training (initial and ongoing)
  • Supervision by the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Annual and ongoing appreciation and recognition

Please note that all Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

There are several ways that volunteers make a difference. The main ways are:

  • Patient Support - Every patient is different, but our suggested activities include: conversation, watching TV, assisting with reading & letter writing, helping around the house, running errands, and going on outings. They act as a friend and listener for the patient. Volunteers do not provide personal care to the patient.
  • Respite and Family Support – Volunteers can provide support for the family by being present with the patient so the caregiver can run errands, attend meetings, or simply have alone time. Volunteers allow caregivers to have a couple of hours away.
  • Administrative – An individual can use their clerical skills with administrative tasks.
  • Bereavement – Volunteers can assist with the bereavement program. This can include facilitating a support group or sending out letters to families.

We are looking for reliable and compassionate individuals who want to make an impact in someone's life.


  • Must be able to pass a background
  • Must be at least 18 years old to provide direct patient care
  • Help bring comfort, dignity, and support to those affected by a life-limiting illness. This is a great way to make a difference in the community.
  • We have patients and families throughout the Coachella Valley. What may seem like a small part of your day can positively impact another person's life.
  • No matter how our volunteers help, it is impossible to overstate how much this support means both to the patient and family, and to the Hospice team working with them.