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Beth Donovan Hospice relies on the generous support of volunteers in the community! Volunteers are essential to the success of our organization and are a source of inspiration, dedication and innovation. Hospice volunteers are men and women of all ages and backgrounds, and come from many work experiences. Some do office and fundraising work, but the majority assist the hospice by caring for clients and helping their families. Even if you don't think home visiting is for you, there are many ways you can help at hospice!



Opportunities may be available in the following areas:

In-Home Visitors

Volunteers may perform services that you might ask a friend or relative to do. This could be simply sitting with a client to provide a comforting presence, or perhaps play a game of cards and reminisce with them. In-home visitors may also provide respite for caregivers, staying with the client while family members run errands, keep appointments or take some restorative time alone. They may also take clients to run errands, to their doctor appointments, and help prepare meals and snacks Home visitor volunteers will receive 30 hours of training from Beth Donovan Hospice. Volunteers assigned to clients are expected to volunteer up to 4 hours each week with the client family. Read more about our In-Home Visitor program here.

Day Hospice

Offered every Thursday from 10-3, Day Hospice volunteers offer support to clients with life threatening illnesses. They assist with running group activities, offering friendly support, and provide delicious home cooked meals. Day Hospice offers a day out for our clients well providing respite to caregivers. Read more about our Day Hospice program here.


Transportation volunteers assist clients in getting to appointments and Day Hospice.

Administrative Support

Administrative support may include assistance with reception duties, sorting mail, clerical work and managing finances.

Event Coordination

A variety of fundraising events happen throughout the year and we often need volunteers to assist with setup, registration, staffing and other tasks.

Fund Development

The fundraising committee meets monthly to organize various fundraising events and secure donations.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors guides the vision and future of the hospice. They monitor and develop the organization’s programs and services and provide support to the Executive Director.

Community Education and Outreach

We recruit and train volunteers to accompany and assist professional staff at community events to spread the word about programs and services.

Exterior Maintenance

This may include gardening, raking leaves, and assisting with the equipment lending program.


We are always open to new suggestions. If you have a special skill or are interested in a volunteer opportunity that isn’t mentioned here, let’s talk!


Volunteer Training

Beth Donovan Hospice staff collaborate to provide training for volunteers.

All volunteers working directly with clients will have completed a 30-hour training program based on the guidelines and standards of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, undergone a screening process and provided a clear police record check.

Volunteers who are not working directly with clients will undergo a screening process and will receive training and orientation specific to their roles. Volunteers continue their learning through ongoing support and in-service programs offered through the hospice and other agencies.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the docVolunteer Application form, or contact our Volunteer and Client Services Coordinator, Jill Woodley, by phone at 613-258-9611 ext. 2 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Upcoming Events

26 Sep 2019
10:00AM - 03:00PM
Day Hospice Program

Volunteer Share

  • “When I lost my mother and mother-in-law, the hospice and palliative care they received meant the world to us. I knew then it was my volunteer calling. Weighed against other volunteer experiences, this is by far the most meaningful for me. When it comes to end-of-life, we can’t fix the situation or alter the course, but we can make the journey a little better along the way. To ‘make the best day possible’ for clients and their families, that’s my hope.”

    Daryl Webber, Home-Visiting Volunteer

  • “Being a hospice volunteer is an amazingly rewarding experience. Being able to give comfort and support to families while they are facing a very difficult time, or being able to give them a few hours a week even just to sit and chat, can mean so much to them. I am proud to be part of this wonderful organization and have formed lasting friendships with other volunteers as well as the staff.”

    Sandra Mackenzie, Home-Visiting Volunteer


1107 French Settlement Road,
Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 

Phone: 613.258.9611
Fax: 613.258.9651
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