Orientation and Training
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Four Seasons! It is a special person that is willing to give the time, talents, and energy it takes to help others at such a critical time in their lives.
The first step is to submit your application. You can do that by following this link: Four Seasons Volunteer Application
Once we have received your application, a member of the Volunteer Solutions Team will contact you to discuss your interests.
The next step is to attend New Volunteer Orientation. To learn more about this process, and to register for an upcoming training session, please click here.
Once you have completed training, your Volunteer Coordinator will sit down with you for a face-to-face interview. This is where you will discuss your schedule, preferred time commitment, and sign paperwork. Proof of Auto Liability Coverage is required for all active volunteers, and annual TB screening is required for volunteers serving in patient homes and facilities. A criminal background check is performed on all new volunteers as well. Your Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions you have about our policies during your training and interview.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the time commitment involved for volunteers?
A: It’s really up to you and what works for your schedule. Most volunteers will average 4 to 12 hours each month.
Q: What training is required?
A: Orientation is required for all new volunteers. Patient & Family Support training is required for those serving patients and bereavement clients.
Q: Where are the patients that I would serve?
A: Volunteers typically visit patients in their own county or region, but some are willing to travel further. Many of our patients are still in their homes; others are in assisted living and nursing facilities. It is up to the volunteer to determine how far they will travel to visit patients, and in what setting they wish to serve.
Q: Will I be paid or reimbursed for mileage?
A: No, we do not offer mileage reimbursement or payment. However, you may choose to track your mileage and submit to the IRS for a tax deduction. More information on this is available at orientation.
Q: I have suffered a personal loss recently. Can I still volunteer?
A: It is our policy that new volunteers must wait one year to serve patients after they have suffered a loss. Non-patient related opportunities are available to everyone and could be a great way to get started volunteering in this case.
Q: Do I have to work directly with patients?
A: Not at all. There are so many ways you can volunteer with Four Seasons that don’t involve serving patients.
Q: Why do I have to provide proof of Auto Insurance if my volunteer role does not involve driving?
A: It is our policy that all employees and volunteers have a copy of this proof of coverage on file, regardless of the job they perform.
Q: Can minors participate in your volunteer program?
A: Yes, minors under the age of 18 can volunteer in a variety of ways. Please speak with a member of the Volunteer Solutions Team about what roles are available.
Q: Can I volunteer for my school’s internship?
A: Yes, our administrative office hosts Work-based Learning and Innovative High School interns on a frequent basis. The training and application are the same for students as any other volunteers.
Q: Can I volunteer to complete hours for court-ordered service?
A: At this time our volunteer program cannot support court-mandated service hours.
Opportunities for volunteers are provided without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.