Mountain Valley Hospice relies upon the generous commitment of time and talent from Volunteers to fulfill our mission. Becoming a Hospice Volunteer is a uniquely rewarding experience that positively impacts our neighbors in the surrounding counties we serve: Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Hamilton.
Regardless of your preference for how best to support the MVH mission, all Volunteers receive comprehensive training by our interdisciplinary team, as well as ongoing mentoring and education. We teach the Hospice philosophy, nuances of caring for the terminally ill, grief education, health & safety precautions, and more. And if you’re unsure of the best fit for your talent and comfort, our Volunteer Coordinator will help you navigate the options and select something that will be most meaningful for you.
We ask for a one-year commitment to our program, even if you change Volunteer roles within that timeframe. Your hours will be based entirely on your availability and convenience. We, in turn, will invest in your training to ensure you have the best possible experience as a member of the MVH team. In order to comply with state and federal health industry regulations, we will require a comprehensive background check, as well as flu shot, proof of vaccinations, and tuberculosis titer as part of the application process.
Family Service Volunteers
Family Service Volunteers (FSVs) provide companionship to patients who live at home, as well as support or what we call “respite” for their caregivers. FSVs also visit MVH patients who reside in nursing homes or other assisted living facilities. This role involves direct contact with patients and their loved ones.
Nancy Dowd Hospice Home Volunteers
Nancy Dowd Hospice Home Volunteers (NDHHVs) assist & support the staff caring for patients in our eight-bed facility located at 108 Steele Avenue in Gloversville. Grocery shopping, preparing or serving meals, and greeting visitors at the door are just a few options for NDHHVs to engage with the community. This role may or may not involve direct patient contact, depending on the NDHHV’s comfort level.
Office Volunteers (OVs) provide clerical assistance or receptionist coverage in our busy business office located at 108 Steele Avenue in Gloversville. This role offers a variety of activities from collating mailings, making photocopies, filing, typing, or answering phones. This role does not involve direct patient contact, unless answering the phones.
Bereavement Volunteers (BVs) offer emotional support to grieving families during the year following the death of their loved one. Listening without judgment, silent companionship, empathetic understanding – these are all important components our Volunteers contribute to our Hospice community.
Event Volunteers (EVs) help in invaluable ways before, during, and after events MVH hosts for staff, community members, or donors. In addition to an annual staff recognition event during National Healthcare month in May, MVH hosts several memorial services on campus each year that are open to the community. MVH also coordinates three signature fundraisers throughout the year that require complex planning and preparation for their success:
- The Hospice Regatta in July on the Great Sacandaga Lake includes a morning sailing qualifier at The Mayfield Yacht Club, followed by an afternoon family-friendly canoe & kayak poker run from Rondack Roots Marina down the road, ending the day on the lake with a Skippers’ Party dinner & silent auction at Lanzi’s on the Lake.
- Dinner & A Show takes place in October at The Eccentric Club in Gloversville. This entertaining night out includes a meal during a performance by local entertainers or musicians.
- The festive holiday Soiree can be found the first Friday in December at The Paul Nigra Center for the Arts in Mayfield. Close to 200 ladies enjoy champagne, shopping, and a plated lunch served by local businessmen who donate their time as waiters. The highlight of the event is a lavish three-tiered auction consisting of silent, Chinese, and live items for sale. Just in time for holiday shopping!
This option does not involve direct contact with patients.
Specialty/Professional Volunteers (SPVs) bring their unique interest or skill to MVH in the form of hair care, cosmetology, certified massage therapy, healing touch, landscaping, or pet therapy – just to name a few. Most of these opportunities involve direct patient contact, unless working in and around our facility instead of with the public.
Join Our Board!
Join our Board! MVH has an operational board that meets monthly, as well as a Foundation Board that assists with financial planning & philanthropy throughout the year as needed. We are always looking for dedicated community members who have an interest in governance, legacy, & fundraising. For more information about opportunities to serve, contact our President/CEO at 518-725-4545 or vial email at email@example.com.