Although our hospice team is made up of extraordinary nurses and caregivers, counselors and social workers, we know we can’t do it alone. We need the help of volunteers like you. Helping someone through their end-of-life journey is one of the most courageous and impactful gifts you can give, and the personal rewards are immeasurable.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Laura, Commonheart's Volunteer Coordinator, for more information.
Types of Opportunities
There are many ways you can help support our hospice services. Some involve working directly with patients and families, while others are behind the scenes.
Visit with patients and their families. Share stories, play games, read articles and books, take walks, listen to music, write cards and letters, bring a pet, provide massage therapy, be an interpreter and more.
Help patients leave a legacy by creating audio and video recordings, making scrapbooks and photo albums, transcribing family stories, writing poetry and more.
Administrative & Clerical Assistance
Answer phone calls. Help with filing, data entry, mailings and correspondence.
Veterans share a special bond of experience and understanding. We invite volunteers to visit veteran patients and help with veteran pinning ceremonies.
One of our best gifts to offer are visits from our furry friends. This special opportunity allows patients to interact with pets.
Have another idea? Please let us know. We’re always looking for ways to help patients and their families.
Your gifts to the foundation can help families in a variety of ways—buying a few groceries during a particularly tough month, easing the expenses not covered by Medicare and Medicaid, making a simple and memorable last wish come true, even providing a happy moment like a birthday party or anniversary celebration. Your donation helps us support families and honor the life and legacy of those living with a terminal illness.
If you're interested in donating to help support our cause, contact us below.
Last Wishes Program
Because of generous donations, Commonheart Hospice is able to coordinate personalized events for our families to fulfill their last wishes. Our team works closely with families to discover what gives them joy and then arranges the transportation, tickets and whatever accommodations are needed so that patients and families are able to spend quality time together, creating memories and sharing love.
Last Wish Stories
Linda is in end stages of multiple sclerosis and due to her limitations, hasn't been able to care for a cat of her own for a while. But that didn't stop her from wishing she could have another cat in the house to cuddle. Melinda Asher, Marquardt Medical Social Worker, took it upon herself to send out a request via social media and it didn't take long for Linda's "Last Wish" to be granted.
Ruth, an U-W Madison alumni who spent her life as a hospital Chaplin, longed to be able to visit her favorite city/campus as her "Last Wish". The physical limitations of Parkinson's Disease have kept her from making that trip but thanks to the staff at Commonheart care, she was able to visit the campus, see her friends, travel the paths of the quad and see the lake.