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Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers selflessly give thousands of hours each year helping our patients and families, working in the office, manning our booth at special events, and dozens of other activities. Volunteers are truly one of our most valuable resources!  Burke Hospice & Palliative Care is always looking for friendly, helpful people to join our volunteer “family.” Whether you have two hours to give or 200, you can make a difference at Burke Hospice! Scheduling is very flexible; you may choose to work during the day, in the evenings, or on weekends.

Check out the many volunteer opportunities available for you.

Patient Care

Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy talking with people and swapping stories? Are you patient and compassionate? Our patients/families would love to have you for a friend, someone to offer companionship.  You may choose to visit patients’ homes, nursing facilities, or our Hospice House. Scheduling is flexible.

Every Patient Care Volunteer will have his or her special experiences and insight to share with your family. Their primary goal is to ease the stress on patient and caregiver.

  • Give "rest breaks" for tired caregivers

  • Keep patients company with social visits

  • Listen - Provide emotional support

  • Check in with friendly phone calls

  • Assist family members with small tasks

We try to match volunteers and families with similar interests or backgrounds. The volunteer will schedule visits with the family as both their schedules allow. Visits can include anything from conversation to card games:

  • Talking about memories (and recording them)

  • Looking at family photo albums

  • Reading books or poetry aloud

  • Playing games

  • Watching TV or movies

  • Watching "the game"

  • Listening to music

  • Praying or reading from religious texts

Hospice House Greeters

Welcome visitors to the Hospice House with a compassionate smile. Greeters are needed daily, 8:00AM to 8:00PM.

Thrifts & Gifts Store

You never know what might come in the door at our Thrifts & Gifts store in downtown Valdese. Hang clothes, greet shoppers, and help display our donated treasures!

Bereavement Support

Walk beside those who have lost a loved one on their new path. Combine phone calls with cards, emails, and maybe some in-person visits.

"Bouquet Buddies"

Take a large floral arrangement donated to our House and create special bouquets and displays for our patients' rooms as well as home hospice patients. Use your creativity!

"Friends of Hospice" Crafts Committee

Brighten our patients' days by making small gifts and crafts. Meets monthly.


The Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program pairs 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.


These volunteers serve as a special liaison between the faith community and Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. They help educate the faith community on the services & programs offered by Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. Learn More

Administrative Assistance

Sort, file, fold, answer phones, and more! Let us know your have computer skills.

If you are interested in volunteering with Burke Hospice, it's easy to begin. Simply fill out our Adult or VolunTEEN application online!

Adult Volunteer Application

VolunTEEN Application for 14-18 year olds

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Director at (828) 879-1601.