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Volunteering Options


The Hospice Volunteer

Volunteers at Rock River Hospice & Home form a dedicated group of loyal and sensitive individuals who help ensure the mission of Hospice care. Committed to excellence in care, Hospice volunteers have a profound respect for the specialized needs and comfort of terminally ill patients and their families.


Hospice Volunteers understand the complex challenges that patients and families face when coping with a terminal illness. Volunteers provide ongoing support and reassurance as well as a broad spectrum of services. These include daily household tasks and activities that contribute to the comfort of the patient and family.


Many volunteers have had personal experiences with a family member or close friend who has had a life-limiting illness. This experience often enables the volunteer to be especially sensitive and supportive to both the patient's and family's needs. However, all volunteers receive comprehensive training regardless of experience.


Prospective volunteers are asked to wait at least one year after the death of a loved one before volunteering at Rock River Hospice & Home.

Want to know more about volunteering?

Call 815-625-3858.

Volunteer Opportunities


Direct Care Volunteers are welcomed as part of the Hospice team, providing companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Volunteers make friendly visits, read to patients, write letters and run errands. Often the most important task is listening and understanding.


Special Project Volunteers assist hospice staff with bulk mailings and other projects as needed.


Special Event Volunteers lend time and talent to fundraisers and special programs. These events include the Festival of Trees, golf outing, and more.


Why I Volunteer


“Being a hospice volunteer has helped me cherish the beauty of life until its very end here on earth. There is no better feeling than to be able to comfort those in need and to help make someone's (and their family's) last days the best possible.”Regina Egan


“Being a hospice volunteer allows me to continue my connection with the nursing aspect of care, as I am a retired registered nurse. Being a hospice volunteer also keeps me active and involved with people which is the key to life survival.”Ann Rodekamp

Volunteer Trainings

Trainings for direct care patient volunteers are typically held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. A typical training session is 16 hours in length and is spread over a six-week period of time. Topics covered in training include but is not limited to: Patient/Family Dynamics, Personal Death Awareness, Communication, Bereavement & Grief and more.


(815) 625-3858
Fax (815) 625-6152
2706 Avenue E
Sterling, IL 61081

Please give what you can and help us make a difference for families in our communities.

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