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Program Volunteer Training - FAQs

Are administrative and event volunteers required to take Volunteer Training? Will they still undergo a background check even if they don’t take Volunteer Training?

Administrative and event volunteers are not required to take the three-day Volunteer Training. The Volunteer Training is for “program” volunteers (caregivers and bereavement facilitators). 


Do any of CaringMatters' volunteer training programs satisfy professional counseling or medical career field criteria for accreditation or continuing education units (CEUs)? 

We have qualified and professional speakers at our training, and we meet the requirements of the State’s “Limited License Hospice” training.  We provide ongoing supervision, guidance, support and continuing education for our volunteers. Volunteers are invited to attend monthly meetings (caregiver support and bereavement support), a book club, and social gatherings. They are kept informed through newsletters, e-mails, and mailings. However, our training does not satisfy educational or professional credits because we are not medical. 


I have already been trained by another hospice organization to be a volunteer caregiver and bereavement facilitator. Will my training transfer to CaringMatters as a substitute for the Volunteer Training at CaringMatters?

No. We are a unique hospice, and our training reflects our particular mission. 


Where does the training take place?

CaringMatters' volunteer training is held at the Cottage in our resource room, the wing of the Cottage dedicated “Joshua’s Place at Hospice Caring: A Resource for Life™.” This peaceful, bright room is equipped with a refrigerator and microwave that students may use. Ample parking is available at the Cottage. 

If you have other questions, please contact CaringMatters at 301-869-HOPE (4673). 

You Can Make A Difference

Volunteer Opportunities

Provide caregiving and companionship to those who are on their end-of-life journey – and their families – by simply being there to support, listen and lend a helping hand.

Train and serve as a facilitator for bereavement groups, which offer grieving individuals an emotionally safe place to gently begin the healing process.

Train and serve as a “Big Buddy” at  Camp Erin, a weekend grief camp for a children who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. 


Assist with administrative tasks at the Cottage, help organize fundraising and community education events and volunteer at community resource fairs.

Co-facilitate a peer support group with a school counselor for children in grades K-12 to discuss their feelings about the death of a loved one and develop coping skills.

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