Call your doctor before leaving home if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms

Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, visitor restrictions are in place for all Duke clinics and hospitals. For your safety and the safety of others, we recommend patients do not bring a visitor to Duke clinics, if at all possible. If a visitor must accompany a patient, only one individual over 12 years of age is allowed. Patients and visitors will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. Individuals with flu-like symptoms are not allowed. View the complete list of Visitor Restrictions.

Effective immediately, Duke Health is prioritizing and rescheduling some non-emergent or non-critical surgeries, procedures, and appointments. Check our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page for updates.

Volunteer Opportunities

Duke HomeCare & Hospice

As the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to rapidly evolve, Duke University Health System is working diligently to monitor developments and implement guidelines to prevent the spread of infection. Our top priority is to keep patients, visitors, team members, and the community at large safe. At this time, all hospital volunteer programs are suspended until further notice. We will keep you updated about the status of our volunteer program, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our hospitals in this important capacity as soon as possible.

Community members 18 and older help us in a variety of ways to offer unique care to our patients. Contact us at 919-620-3853 for times, dates, and how to get involved.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative and Office Support
You may assist with a variety of office duties, including photocopying, organizing mailings, answering the phone, updating mailing lists, and more.

Provide supervision, guidance, and emotional support to children attending an overnight bereavement camp for young people adjusting to the death of a loved one. You may also help with administrative tasks like registration or dining events.

Care Shawl Project
If you want to create knitted shawls for our hospice patients, we accept donations that can be dropped off at the Duke HomeCare & Hospice administrative offices at 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, in Durham. We occasionally host group knitting sessions at our office, which can be found in our events listing.

Clerical Services
Once a month, volunteers help us prepare admission packets for all our programs at our administrative offices. 

Fundraising and Special Event Support
Assist with setup of events, greet visitors, and help create promotional materials for a variety of activities that take place each year, including the annual Duke Hospice Gala.

Hock Family Pavilion 
You’ll support staff with routine administrative tasks, like answering the phone, greeting visitors, and orientating visitors to the facility

Hospice In-Home Patient and Family Support
Assist hospice patients and caregivers with practical and emotional support, providing companionship and staying with patients to allow respite time for loved ones.

Your duties may include:

  • Staying with the patient to offer caregivers a break
  • Helping with at-home tasks, like preparing meals or running errands
  • Calling a patient or their family members to check on their wellbeing
  • Reading to patients, singing songs, or providing hymn music by phone

Volunteers who speak Spanish or other languages can offer to provide conversational translation services (not medical interpretations). Patients are cared for across Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, and Wake counties.

Group Volunteering
We welcome community organizations with members who want to volunteer together. Our staff can help you organize an outing for any size group.

Patient and Family Advisory Council

The Duke Hospice Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is a volunteer program consisting of members of the community who provide insight on patients’ and family's experiences of hospice care from the patient, patient family, and hospice volunteer perspective. The Duke Hospice PFAC provides direct and timely input to Duke Hospice leaders on a broad range of initiatives and practices with the goal of delivering the best possible services to patients, their families, and the communities served. If you're interested in joining our PFAC or want to learn more, please fill out our Interest Form.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, learn more about becoming a volunteer or contact us