Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the heart of the Iowa River Hospice team. They are dedicated and share the desire to enrich the lives of others by giving of their time and talents with our patients. Our volunteers come from all areas of Marshall, Tama, Southern Hardin & Grundy Counties and from all walks of life. Some serve in the area of their profession or hobby, such as pet or music therapy, hair care, photography, crafts, sewing, quilting or office assistance. Many give of their time with their love and presence. Each volunteer can discover their own special gifts to share. All are a vital part of our Hospice Family.



Quilters provided Christmas quilts for the Hospice Home rooms as well as decorate the walls with their gifts of warmth and beauty. Labor for a storage shed was provided by volunteers in the community

Longtime volunteer Marilyn Hupfeld makes ornaments for the Memorial Christmas service.

Janet Collison playing soothing harp music in a patient’s room.




What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Volunteers In Action

Socialization: Comfort our patients by being a friend, listening to concerns, hand holding, writing letters, playing games, reading aloud and generally supporting the patient and family.
Volunteer Volunteer
Sue Buerskins with Kathy Jensen making a ginger bread house. Debby McMullen with Mid Blink in the Hospice Home. Even Santa volunteers for our patients! Alice Rutherford enjoys a visit with Santa.



Respite: Stay with a patient so caregivers can have a break. Supporting our families in this way is an integral part of our team approach to care that envelopes both the patient and their family. Care for the caregiver is an important role for our volunteers and vital to our families.


Office Support: Help with quarterly newsletters, answer phones, filing, mailings and basic office needs.
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Above:Community Day of Caring workers provided by United Way doing yard work at the Hospice Home

Hospice Home: Greeting family members and friends visiting the Hospice Home is an important service, making all who enter here feel welcome. Answering phones, cleaning, cooking and baking, delivering meal trays, and gardening further assist our staff and makes our visitors and patients more comfortable.

Public Relations: Volunteers may participate in Health Fairs, Senior Expo, Parades, Bell Ringing, Isaac Walton League Clay Bird Shoot and other activities that support our communities and promote Iowa River Hospice in our service area.
2015 IRH Volunteer of the Year
            Bette Bagnall


Bereavement: Volunteers are encouraged to attend visitation and/or funeral and continue supporting the family if desired.

How to get involved: We offer volunteer orientation twice a year and is a requirement for those who wish to work directly with patients or in the Hospice Home. Orientation consists of 12 hours of education and training. CEU’s are available upon request.

Volunteer Newsletter: is sent out monthly to all volunteers providing updated information on staff, volunteers and upcoming events. Volunteer opportunities are discussed for the upcoming months.

Contact information: Kay Iverson 641-753-7704





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