Volunteer

EOLCCA trains volunteers to work with
Californians who are seriously or terminally ill
or those wishing to educate themselves about
all end of life options. Click here to learn all
about what our compassionate volunteers do.

If you would like to volunteer with EOLCCA,
please fill out the application below.  Thank you.

Volunteer

Join Our Compassionate Community:
Become a Volunteer

At EOLCCA, we’re more than just an organization; we’re a sanctuary for hope, guidance, and support at life’s most critical juncture.

Our mission is to empower individuals navigating the complexities of end-of-life decisions, ensuring dignity, control, and peace in their final chapter. Your journey as a volunteer with us isn’t just about giving back; it’s about being part of a transformative movement that cherishes every moment of life.

Why Volunteer With Us?

  • Empathy in Action: Inspired by our core values of compassion, dignity, and respect, our volunteers are the heartbeat of our community. You’ll play a pivotal role in empowering individuals and families to navigate end-of-life care options with grace and understanding.
  • A Community of Support: Joining EOLCCA means becoming part of a family committed to supporting not just our clients, but each other. We share a bond forged in the desire to make a meaningful difference in the world, one person at a time.
  • Educate, Advocate, Support: Our work spans from providing critical information on end-of-life choices to advocating for patient rights and offering emotional support. As a volunteer, you’ll be an essential part of this journey, helping to ensure everyone has access to the dignity they deserve.
  • Grow and Learn: Volunteering with us is an opportunity for personal and professional growth. You’ll gain invaluable experience, develop new skills, and deepen your understanding of end-of-life care—a profoundly enriching experience that extends beyond the volunteer role.
  • We Need You: Your unique skills and passion can make a real difference in the lives of those facing the end of their journey. Whether you’re looking to offer emotional support, help with administrative tasks, or expanding awareness about medical aid in dying in California through educational presentations, your contribution will be cherished.

Ready to Make a Difference?

Don’t let the form intimidate you. Every question helps us understand how best to utilize your talents and ensure a fulfilling volunteer experience. By joining our compassionate team, you’re not just filling out a form; you’re stepping into a role that could change lives, including your own.

Take the first step today. Your involvement could light up the darkest of times for someone in need. Together, we can ensure that end-of-life choices are respected, understood, and accessible to all. Fill out our application below.

Volunteer

Types of Volunteering You Can Do

Outreach Volunteers

Conducting public outreach and education through our Speaker’s Bureau is a significant part of meeting our mission at End of Life Choices California. There are several types of volunteer positions that help us accomplish our public outreach and education objectives. Whether you are a skilled adult instructor with experience delivering educational presentations, or enjoy greeting and answering questions at conferences and community-based meetings, we can use your expertise to reach public groups throughout our state.

Phone Triage Volunteers

Volunteers who seek additional training to answer the phone for a 4 or 8 hour period will be trained in a separate gathering for this purpose. Phone messages come from the main line through email to a volunteer’s email box. They respond to callers within a specified number of hours, and document the information in a spreadsheet shared by all Triage volunteers. These volunteers often refer the client over to a Client Volunteer in their area, or sometimes just answer one or two questions and the communication is complete. This type of volunteer becomes very adept at covering all kinds of calls and dispensing all kinds of information.

Client Volunteers

Client Volunteers (CV) provide education and support to clients and their loved ones regarding legal end-of-life choices in California. CVs assist clients and their families with information about advance care planning, assist with negotiating the healthcare system, and may help them understand services available in their area and get proper referrals. This work may also include providing information on the California End-of-Life Option Act, voluntary stopping eating and drinking (VSED), hospice care, advance directives, bereavement services, and more.

New EOLCCA Client Volunteers will be screened, trained and eventually able to assist clients and their families with these kinds of end-of-life issues. Although training, experience, and educational credentials in social work, clinical professions, care coordination or the like are desirable, CV’s will function and be trained to be helpers and facilitators, not function as healthcare providers.

Client Volunteer (CV) Job Description

End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA) is a non-profit organization that works with terminally ill people who are considering end of life options. We are volunteers who are uniquely trained to provide skilled professional guidance through the California End of Life Options Act (EOLOA) and other end of life choices.

Summary of Client Volunteer position

Client Volunteers (CVs) are non-medical volunteers who provide education, advocacy, and personal bedside support if needed to terminally ill people regarding their end of life choices. For those people who meet the ELOA qualifications and want to pursue end of life choices, the CVs assist them through the legal process and support them in their decision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the client’s family and/or friends throughout the ELOA process.
  • Respect client and family confidentiality at all times.
  • Regardless of whether a Client Volunteer (CV) has medical training, in their role as a volunteer they absolutely will not offer any medical advice. Any request for medical advice is referred by the client to their physician or hospice.
  • Educate clients and families about legal end-of-life options, including the ELOA, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED), palliative and hospice care, and stopping medical treatment.
  • Provide nonjudgmental support for the client and their choices for end of life.
  • Support clients in the process of making choices that are consistent with that person’s personal values.
  • If the client wants to pursue medical aid in dying, educate them about legal requirements and the process of qualifying for the law and obtaining a prescription for life-ending medication from a doctor.
  • Educate clients and families regarding the benefits of hospice care. Encourage clients to enroll in hospice services, if they are not already enrolled.
  • For clients pursuing medical aid in dying through the ELOA, CVs may be asked by the client to help locate two physicians and a pharmacy that will work with them to fulfill the requirements of the EOLA.
  • At the option of the client, CVs may be present at a planned death. If CVs do not attend the planned death, one CV should remain available by phone to answer any last minute questions or offer verbal support.
  • Prepare medication for self-administration by the client. If CVs do prepare lethal medication for the client, it must be done exactly as directed by the Pharmacy’s instructions.
  • Client must self-administer lethal medication by swallowing or initiating the flow of the medication by feeding tube or rectal administration.
  • CVs do not determine that the client has died at the planned death.Only a hospice medical professional or their attending physician can pronounce the death.
  • Inform the family in advance that the CV normally stays for two hours. In situations where time to death extends beyond 2 hours, they may remain at the home or stay closely available by phone.
  • Record all visit notes in the database within 24 hours of seeing a client or communicating by any means.
  • Contact Volunteer Manager if there are any unusual circumstances or CV is unsure how to proceed with a client.

Skills Needed

  • Comfortable talking about death and dying.
  • Listen and hear the client’s wishes for End of Life without judgment.
  • Support clients in making decisions that are consistent with the client’s values.
  • Comfortable with learning and using the EOLCCA database and necessary technology.
  • Thorough knowledge of the ELOA and other legal end-of-life options.
  • The ability to advocate for applicable client needs.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Empathy and compassion for clients and their families.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Availability for visits or calls as needed.
  • Arrive at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Ensure client responsibilities are covered by another CV when absent.
  • Maintain professional attire, demeanor, presentation and appearance.

Training and Supervision

  • Participate in Volunteer Training.
  • Mentor with a seasoned CV, until it is determined that the new volunteer is sufficiently prepared to work with clients on his/her own.
  • Attend and participate in monthly CV team meetings.

Time Commitment

  • Varies depending on caseload.

Reimbursement

  • EOLCCA will reimburse volunteers if desired for travel expenses relating to visiting clients, attending trainings, including mileage and parking.

Suspension or Termination

  • Client Volunteers (CVs) may be placed on suspension for up to 90 days at the determination of the Volunteer Program Manager  for any violations of policies and procedures or for failing to abide by the parameters of this position description. CVs may be terminated at the determination of the volunteer Program Manager  for any reason, including violations of policies and procedures or for failing to abide by the parameters of this position description.

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“We found your presentation very useful and informative for our situation. My husband was diagnosed with glioblastoma a few months ago. And we will pursue it with his doctors.” J. and S.

End of life choices California


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