Volunteering and donating

Volunteers are a vital part of the caring hospice team. As a volunteer, you bring a personal touch to people with terminal illness and their families. The efforts of volunteers are critical to the mission of Mayo Clinic Hospice.

When you join the Mayo Clinic Hospice volunteer team, you provide services essential to hospice care. You will belong to a health care team that includes dedicated physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains. Your role will offer you meaningful opportunities, such as sharing in individual's and families' lives, loves, tears and laughter. Your caring, dedicated presence will help brighten someone's day and make a difference in individual's lives and in the lives of those caring for them.

To become a Mayo Clinic Hospice care volunteer, call the Mayo Clinic Hospice office at 507-284-4002 or 800-679-9084 (toll-free) to request a volunteer application. Once completed, you'll be invited to interview with the Mayo Clinic Hospice volunteer coordinator to discuss your interests, availability and experience with death and dying. This will also be a good time for you to ask questions about the volunteer role and responsibilities.

If you are accepted into the program, you will then attend the 16-hour Mayo Clinic Hospice volunteer training. This comprehensive training is intended to increase your understanding of hospice care and provide you with the background needed to feel prepared for your first assignment. Topics will include:

  • Goals and philosophy of hospice
  • Role of the hospice volunteer
  • Personal and professional boundaries
  • Vulnerable adult reporting
  • Communication skills
  • Symptom management at end of life
  • How to be helpful to a person in hospice and his or her family
  • Death and dying and bereavement

Mayo Clinic Hospice needs volunteers in the following counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Olmsted and Wabasha, as well as Goodhue, Mower and Winona.

Donate to Mayo Clinic Hospice

Mayo Clinic Hospice depends upon dedicated benefactors to help people through one of the most difficult times of life. By giving to Mayo Clinic Hospice, you help build the foundation of what sets the program apart.

Your gift helps develop support programs that strive to give people in hospice meaning and perspective. You help their families and the greater Rochester community by building a network of grief support. You directly fund the educational and support materials families receive. And you make possible music and massage therapies that make a difference in the lives of people in hospice.

Your gift truly impacts people's lives.

Give to Mayo Clinic Hospice. (In the "Designate my donation to …" field, select "Other" and type "Hospice" in the "Other Designation" field.)

Oct. 30, 2020