Arkansas Hospice, the state’s largest provider of hospice services, is seeking volunteers to help care for patients in its Russellville service area, which includes all or portions of Pope, Johnson, Logan, Yell, Perry and Conway counties.

A vital part of the hospice care team, Arkansas Hospice volunteers are caring, committed people from all walks of life who gain a sense of satisfaction from making a difference in the lives of others. These volunteers provide ongoing support wherever a patient calls home in a variety of ways that include making personal visits or phone calls, sitting with patients to give caregivers a rest and, most of all, listening and sharing thoughts and feelings. Other opportunities include helping with office work, participating in our pet therapy program and sewing memory bears or lap blankets.

All Arkansas Hospice volunteers must be trained and certified. In addition, individuals must pass a background check and driving record check and provide evidence of a current driver’s license and automobile insurance. A tuberculosis skin test and a flu shot are also required if volunteering involves direct contact with patients.

For more information, please email Autumn Hurst, volunteer coordinator, at or call 479-498-2050, or toll-free at 888-498-2050, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Arkansas Hospice’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing serious illness and loss by surrounding them with love and embracing them with the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care. The recipient of numerous local, state and national awards, Arkansas Hospice has been repeatedly awarded “Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in Arkansas” in the Arkansas Business “Best of Business Awards,” as well as numerous other awards. For more information, visit