Become a Trained Volunteer

Thank you for expressing interest in volunteering with Big Bend Hospice. Whether you serve directly with patients and their families or volunteer in the office or at events, you will play a vital role in the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses because volunteers truly are the heart of Hospice.

New Volunteer Orientation will start back in the 3rd Quarter of 2021 on July 24th, August 28th, and September 25th. We will begin our pre-screening process June 1st. Only serious applicants need apply.

For general questions about the program, contact Katie Mandell at (850) 933-1878 or


Due to the nature of our work, Volunteers are exposed to sensitive information and situations.
This is why we invest time in screening, providing an extensive orientation, and offering ongoing training to all BBH Volunteers.

To be eligible to volunteer, you must be 18 years of age or older, commit to at least one year of service (serving an average of 2-4 hours a week), have reliable transportation, and have not have lost a loved one within the last 13 months.

Step 1

Complete an online application. Once received and reviewed, a representative from the volunteer department will contact you to conduct a prescreening interview. We will discuss service opportunities, department requirements, and address any of your questions. If you and the coordinator both determine this is a suitable placement for you, your name will be placed on the roster for our next volunteer orientation (see our website calendar.)

Step 2

Participate in a New-Volunteer Orientation. This is a full day (usually held on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm) of training that includes Hospice 101 and your role as part of the Care Team.

Step 3

Complete a level 2 Background Screen and two TB skin tests. Referrals and forms are provided during the orientation process.

Step 4

One-to-one training with Supervisor. Once orientation, background, and TB tests are completed, you will be assigned to a Volunteer Coordinator who will provide additional training and direction on your role(s) and responsibilities.

Community Engagement Department Manager: Katie C Mandell |