Volunteers make a difference.

Volunteering with Hospice of Acadiana provides opportunities for you to engage in worthwhile, meaningful work! Whether you are interested in sitting bedside keeping a patient company, creating flower arrangements to be delivered to patients, or helping with a fundraising event, there is a place for you to volunteer at Hospice of Acadiana. If you are interested in volunteering, please consider the following:

Are you ready to volunteer?

  • Our volunteers have a spirit of compassion, an understanding and patience, a respect for other customs and religious beliefs, and the ability to learn and be comfortable in silence.
  • A mandatory training/orientation is provided. Regardless of which volunteer role you’re interested in, we’ll be sure that you receive adequate training to ensure your success as a volunteer.
  • All volunteers providing support for our patients are required to have annual TB testing (if applicable) to meet compliance requirements.
  • A criminal background check is required for Hospice of Acadiana volunteers.

Waiting Period After A Death

For those who have lost someone close to them, a one-year waiting period after the death is best for volunteers interested in direct patient care. We have other opportunities for you to engage in during the one-year period, so please do not hesitate to apply to volunteer. We are sorry for your loss and offer free bereavement services through our Center for Loss and Transition to support you during this difficult time.

Are you ready to get started?

If you’ve read the requirements above and are ready to get started, here’s how:

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application by clicking here. The application takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. (If you would prefer to complete a paper form, please contact Logan Pearce at 337-706-3732 or lpearce@hospiceacadiana.com)
  2. Register for a Volunteer Orientation by logging into your Better Impact account or by contacting Logan.
  3. After completing the orientation and passing both the background check and TB test (if applicable) you are ready to be placed as a volunteer!

Click here to Apply!

Learn more about the opportunities to volunteer.

Our volunteers are trained and specially selected for duty in the areas of direct patient care, indirect patient and family support, pastoral care, and bereavement care. They also participate in advocacy, community outreach, and fundraising.

Through Hospice of Acadiana, our patients and families are able to take advantage of 200+ volunteers and the services they provide. Volunteers are able to choose from three categories depending on how they would like to volunteer. The categories include:

Direct Patient Care

Opportunities that deal directly with the patient in their home.

Indirect Patient Care

Allows you to provide care for a patient, but without direct patient contact.

Non-Patient Care Opportunities

Opportunities include no specific patient care, but instead, helping Hospice of Acadiana in general.

  • Administrative Crew

    Volunteers perform possible task such as data entry, filing, document scanning, contacting other volunteers as needed and several other administrative type duties.

  • Camp Brave Hearts

    This is a once a year, 2-day, day camp held for children, ages 6-11, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Volunteers participate in the two day event in multiple different ways.

  • Community Outreach

    Volunteers participate in varying events in the community to spread our mission and educate about hospice. An example of an event is "Visits with Veterans".

  • Companion Crew

    For caregivers who may need a break or for patients who simply want to play cards, be read to, or just have a visitor.

  • Crochet Crew

    Handmade crochet blankets are made to provide warmth and comfort for our patients. *All yarn supplied

  • Daytime Delivery / Pickup Crew

    Volunteers deliver casseroles, flowers, supplies, etc. to patients in need.

  • Event / Hospitality Crew

    This group of volunteers participates in the various events held by Hospice of Acadiana. (Gala, Bingo, Raffle Ticket Sales, etc.) Duties can include; organizing, preparation, set-up, event day duties, etc.

  • Floral Arrangements

    We receive multiple shipments of fresh flowers from local stores. Volunteers arrange them into beautiful bouquets to be delivered to patients by employees and volunteers. * No previous experience needed, we'll teach you!

  • Food with Love

    Nutritious, homemade meals available for patients and families both before and after a patient’s death.

  • Grief Support

    Volunteers assist in the Center for Loss and Transition located on the second floor at our main office. Duties may include supporting grieving families through phone calls and preparing/mailing bereavement materials, etc.

  • Home Improvement Crew

    Our volunteers have many talents, some of those include constructing wheel chair ramps, cutting grass, and general home maintenance.

  • Library

    A generous collection of books, CDs, prayer tapes, and bible recordings are available for our patients and their families. Ask for a book of your choice to be read or a particular CD to be played.

  • Mailing Crew

    This crew prepares, addresses, and mails flyers, letters, yearly appeals, etc.

  • Mona's Munchies

    Delicious homemade cookies provided by our caring volunteers to brighten any day.

  • Music Therapy

    Volunteers sing for patients or at pinning ceremonies. Some volunteers play musical instruments for patients.

  • No One Dies Alone Program

    A 24-hour/7-days a week program providing companionship for those who have no family or caregiver at the end of life. This program speaks to the core of our mission in that every life is precious and a gift.

  • Pet Therapy

    Another favorite of our patients and their families. For our animal lovers, a visit from our trained four-legged friends are a blessing.

  • Prayer Angels

    Loving volunteers provide bedside prayers, rosaries, or Chaplets of Divine Mercy. This crew responds when patients are at the end of their journey and want heaven called down.

  • Sewing Group

    Volunteers sew pillow cases used for Veteran ceremonies as well as hospital gowns and wheelchair bags from donated sheets. *Material and patterns provided

  • Spiritual Companionship

    Providing spiritual companionship and guidance, these volunteers are trained to listen and provide solace and peace of spirit where possible.

  • We Honor Veterans Program

    We are proud to be a Level-5 Certified Partner in the National "We Honor Veterans" Program. Pinning ceremonies are provided to honor those who have selflessly served us and our country. Active Military Personnel, Veterans, and Reservists are typically chosen first as veteran patients enjoy the camaraderie.

When the time comes to prioritize compassion, we’re here for you.

At our hospice, our unwavering commitment is to provide hospice services that not only offer respect and dignity to our patients but also extend a compassionate hand to the community. As a nonprofit organization, we go the extra mile by offering free services that other hospice providers simply cannot, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their financial means, receives the quality care and support they deserve during their most challenging times.

Our family of companies is wholeheartedly committed to supporting yours and are organized to provide a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the needs of caring for your loved ones.


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Our foundation is dedicated to securing essential resources that enable us to extend the reach of our services and uphold our commitment to providing exceptional, compassionate care. Its invaluable contributions bring numerous benefits, including the ability to offer free services, enhance the quality of care, and ensure that every patient, regardless of their financial situation, can experience the comfort and support they deserve during their end-of-life journey.

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