Volunteer Opportunities

At BridgingLife, formerly Carroll Hospice, our volunteers play an important role in providing patients with a dignified and comforting system of care during their final days.

Whether you are new to the philosophy of hospice care or have become inspired through your own personal loss of a loved one, we know you will find your volunteer experience with us to be personally gratifying, and will come to fully understand the value of hospice care to patients and their families.

Some of our volunteers have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just people who want to help their friends and neighbors and serve the community.

Volunteer Training
Training consists of two in-person classes, one at the beginning and one at the end of the session. In between, participants will complete online courses that range from about 20 minutes to 1 hour in length and cover topics such as understanding pain, compassionate conversations and the impact of grief. A short quiz is given after each online course to ensure the material is understood. Class size is limited. After completing the training, volunteers are qualified to offer companion care in the home, nursing facility or in one of our inpatient facilities.

Click to fill out an online volunteer application.

Click to access and print out a PDF of the volunteer application.

Mail completed application to:

BridgingLife Administrative Office
Attn: Kathy Barna
292 Stoner Avenue
Westminster, MD 21157

Please call our volunteer coordinator at 410-871-8000 with any questions.

Interested in Volunteering?
To learn more about volunteering or to arrange an interview, please call our volunteer coordinator at 410-871-8000.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Direct patient/family care—These volunteers serve as companions and helpers for patients and their families, either in private residences, BridgingLife's inpatient facility in Westminster (Dove House), our inpatient units at Northwest or Sinai hospitals, or healthcare settings such as nursing homes and assisted living communities. Direct care volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Vigil Volunteer—Our inpatient facility welcomes these volunteers to sit with patients in their final moments of life. Our specially trained volunteers offer comfort and a supportive presence at that time.
  • Veterans—A participant in the We Honor Veterans program, BridgingLife has implemented a variety of programs to educate staff and the community about the needs of veterans and to recognize their contributions. Military veterans are needed to visit with and honor veteran patients for their dedicated military service to our country.
  • Fundraising and special events—Participate in and support key fundraising and outreach events that help us fulfill our pledge to care for all patients, regardless of ability to pay.
  • Administrative—Assist with tasks that help the organization run smoothly. This may include data entry, working at the reception desk and other clerical needs.
  • Professional—Offer licensed or certified services to patients or the organization. This includes the services of chaplains, educators, massage therapists, hair stylists, pet therapy and various complementary therapy modalities.
  • Camp T.R.—Serve as a camp “buddy” at our weekend retreat for grieving children. A one-day training session is required.
  • Groups and donations—We offer a variety of customized volunteer opportunities for service and church groups.