Volunteer

Volunteers together founded the new Hopewell House and volunteers together are key to its ongoing work.

Hopewell volunteers are a vital community of specialized teams, serving throughout and beyond our home to sustain every area of operations and caregiving.

Volunteer Events

Volunteer Teams

Our Volunteers

Hopewell volunteers are a generative and life-affirming community of nearly 150 compassionate individuals who surround and support our home with a profusion of skills and talents. Inside, volunteers assist staff in caring for residents and their families, greet visitors, help with housekeeping, kitchen, and maintenance. Volunteer therapists (e.g., massage, acupuncture, Reiki and more) apply their gifts to soothe the bodies and spirits of our entire community. Musicians, artists and pet therapy volunteers warm the home with creativity, beauty, and the joyful presence of animals. Outside, volunteers plant and maintain garden spaces, secure food and flower donations, craft quilts, blankets, and warming items for residents, assist with outreach, communications and more.

In all areas of service at Hopewell House, we seek volunteers who embody the dimensions of diversity, including culture, language, race, gender, and ethnicity, as well as ability. Do you speak a second language or bring a diverse background or set of experiences? We welcome and seek an infusion of a vibrant and inclusive community and hope you’ll apply.  We simply could not exist without our volunteers. 

People Creating a Garden Space
Volunteers working on a fence
Volunteers working on a fence

“I felt somehow that I’d come home, that I’d found something that I’d had once but lost.” – JOAN S. BUELL

Hopewell House Volunteer Teams

Interested in volunteering at Hopewell House?

  • Browse the descriptions of the Teams that interest you.
  • Note which teams are accepting applications and only apply if the opportunity is open. Check back at a later time for openings in areas that are currently closed to new volunteers.
  • Create a Bloomerang account: this is our volunteer management software. Creating an account and indicating your interests will allow Crystal Ashton, Volunteer Manager to contact you regarding openings. Unfortunately, Bloomerang only works in the Chrome browser. Click here to install Chrome.
  • Sign up for Bloomerang here!       

 

Resident and Family Support Team

RSVs bring calm presence and mindful attention to help create the most comfortable, compassionate end-of-life experience possible. They assist clinical staff in providing physical and emotional support to Hopewell House residents and their support systems. RSVs read aloud, offer companionship and personal care, assist with meals, bathing, turning, positioning, and more.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Completed Application and Successful Interview
Criminal Record and Reference Check
TB/Drug Attestation
Food Handlers Card
Completion of Specific Training Required for Team

COMMITMENT
Four hour shift weekly or bi-weekly for one year minimum.

Not currently accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Concierge & Welcome Team

Guided by the values that thoughtful listening and gracious kindness are at the heart of everything we do, Concierge and Welcome Volunteers  (CWVs)  are the first point of contact for visitors, including family, support systems, hospice providers, and other volunteers. CWVs respond to the often subtle ways that people voice their needs, helping to provide the most comfortable, trauma informed, and compassionate end-of-life experience possible for our residents and their family and friends. CWVs answer phones, greet staff and guests, answer questions, maintain logs, and resolve tasks which arise in a day.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Completed Application and Successful Interview
Criminal Record and Reference Check
TB/Drug Attestation
Food Handlers Card
Completion of Specific Training Required for Team

COMMITMENT
Four hour shift weekly or bi-weekly for one year minimum.

Not currently accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Knitting, Crocheting and Quilting Team - Accepting Donations NOW!

A great way to share your time and talents (from home!) by creating colorful quilts, lap blankets and prayer shawls for the comfort of hospice patients (our residents) during their time at Hopewell House. Each resident will be offered a quilt of their choice, handmade by generous and creative community members who have donated their time, talents and materials. Each quilt will remain with the resident during their care and their family will be invited to take the quilt home with them upon the resident’s death. Knitted (or crocheted) lap blankets, prayer shawls, beanies and slippers will be offered as a gift to residents and family members as well.

Quilt Guidelines

Knit and Crochet Guidelines

Accepting Donations for handmade quilts and knitted items (to specifications)

For more information please contact yarnart@fhhpdx.org or quilts@fhhpdx.org

Gardening Team - Recruiting NOW!

The Garden Team is a like-minded community, believing that nature can be a place of peace, solace and healing for residents and their families.  The Garden collaborators create lovely outdoor spaces that bring beauty and interest to every resident window and encourage nature’s majesty and serenity for all who come to Hopewell House.  Our garden volunteers may be master gardeners, hobby gardeners or simply those who find pleasure in spending time outdoors.  Come garden with us!

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A love of nature – A love of gardening a plus.
The ability to work as part of a team.
TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
No training necessary and tools onsite.
Team lead will provide direction.
SCHEDULE
Spring, Summer & Fall – Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 12:00
Winter – Mondays from 9:30 – 12:00
COMMITMENT
Commit to participate 2 to 3 hours weekly or bi-weekly (preferably 1 year)

Accepting applications now.

Complementary and Alternative Services Team - Recruiting NOW!

Hopewell House’s “Complementary and Alternative Services” (CATS Team) includes volunteers from diverse backgrounds who bring an array of healing gifts to Hopewell House. This thoughtful team of healers has vast experience in the spaces of death and dying and are now giving their time and expertise to Hopewell.. Alternative therapies can bring relief and release of physical discomfort and can even play a role in emotional breakthroughs for distressed residents. Hopewell is so fortunate that these amazing volunteers are bringing their healing gifts to help ease this sacred transition.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Therapeutic expertise in one or more:
Acupuncture
Craniosacral therapy
Energy work (Reiki and healing touch)
Massage
Music and sound
Myofascial release
Personal aesthetics (hair cutting/styling/make-up)
Pet therapy
Aromatherapy

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
Completed Application and Successful Interview
Criminal Record and Reference Check
TB/Drug Attestation
Completion of Specific Training Required for Team

COMMITMENT
Two hour shift weekly or bi-weekly for one year minimum.

Accepting applications now.

Kitchen Support - Recruiting NOW!

The art of preparing a meal is one of the most tangible ways to show love and service to others.

The Hopewell House Kitchen Team prepares unique meals for each of our residents depending on what they can eat and want to eat. In addition, resident families and friends are daily offered homemade soup, bread, cookies and other baked goods. The Kitchen volunteer works alongside the Cook of the day as a 2 person team. A Volunteer is needed each of two shifts,  seven days a week. Shifts are 2 hour commitments. The Morning shift begins at 7 and encompasses everything from cleaning up overnight dishes, to doing the prep work of chopping for the day ahead.  The Afternoon shift begins at 4 and involves meal service, as well as preparing for the next day, and helping with dishes and clean-up.

This is a role which makes an enormous contribution behind the scenes.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Enjoyment of being in a kitchen and washing dishes
The ability to work as part of a team and alignment with Hopewell House Mission and Vision
Completed Application and Successful Interview
Criminal Record and Reference Check
TB/Drug Attestation

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Food Handlers Card
Team lead will provide orientation

SCHEDULE
Seven days a week two shifts 7:00 – 9:00 am and 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
Note: depending on volunteer availability there is some flexibility in start time.

COMMITMENT
Committed to serving 1 shift up to 4 a month (preferably 1 year).

Accepting applications now.

Community and Volunteer Events

17

Jul 2024

Monthly Grief Ritual

6:30 – 8:00 pm All are welcome. please click here to register (event is free). Facilitated by volunteer Alyssa Rose. Grief Ritual

25

Jul 2024

Sound Meditation Healing

3:00 – 4:00 pm. Please register if attending by emailing: Shantaramantra@gmail.com. All are welcome but please email Shantara to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

31

Jul 2024

Lunch & Learn

12:00 – 1:00 pm. Hopewell House Volunteers.  End of life panel discussion of veteran hospice folks sharing “stories from along the way”. HH board member and palliative care physical Eric Walsh, Beth Cavenaugh, Marci Donaldson, and longtime HH nurse Jackie King and current HH board member riff on their most profound, difficult, and funny moments while caring for the dying. You’re invited to ask questions, and share stories that help us grow in ways we never imagined possible through serving those at the end of life. This is going to be fun ! ! 

04

Aug 2024

Volunteer Potluck

4:30 – 7:00 pm. For all current Hopewell House volunteers. RSVP by July 18.