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Founded as Suncoast (1977) and Tidewell (1980) as true pioneers in hospice care, each of our organizations adapted to change and grew to meet the needs of the community, ultimately evolving to become Empath Health and Stratum Health System, respectively.

We came together as Empath Health in March 2021, creating the country’s largest non-profit hospice and home care-based health care organization. Rooted in the remarkable people that give so much of themselves, we look to further our unwavering commitment to uniquely high standards by now growing together.

Embracing and being committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is vital at Empath Health, it helps us provide compassionate care and cultivate meaningful community partnerships. We recognize the collective power of diversity and inclusion, which allows us to leverage employee talent and create a sense of belonging, to ensure that we are able to attain our vision and mission. It strengthens our commitment to providing extraordinary care that meets the needs of our community. We support everyone with compassion, openness and understanding regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, or ability to pay.

Hillsborough Volunteer Team Member

Service Location:
Hillsborough County Nursing Homes, Patient Homes, and even from your own home.  

Purpose and importance of the position:
Volunteers are an inspiration to all who work and serve Empath Health. Their dedication and support improve the lives of the many we assist every day. You too can help fulfill our mission through rewarding volunteer service. There are many ways you can make a difference in the lives of others. We are sure that no matter which area you choose, you will enjoy being a part of the Empath Health family of volunteers. Patient and Family Support Volunteers can choose to visit patients in their homes, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. You can choose the role that best fits your interests and needs. .

Responsibilities and Duties:

As we expand our volunteer program to Hillsborough, our most critical volunteer needs are:
• Provide companionship, run errands, deliver supplies or provide transportation
• Make phone calls to patients, families or those who have experienced a death
• Provide companionship and honor fellow military brothers and sisters
• Provide aromatherapy, massage, music, pet visits or Reiki
Note: You can choose the role that best fits your interests and needs.  We have positions for both adults and college students

• No experience or medical background necessary
• Be at least 18 yrs of age
• Pass a Level 2 Background Check (paid for by Empath) 
• Provide proof of COVID vaccination 

Time Commitment Expected:
Varies according to assignment, flexible

There are two levels, Volunteer Orientation and Patient and Family Support.

Volunteer Orientation is a four-hour training session for individuals interested in learning more about Empath Health’s volunteer opportunities.

Patient/Family Support Training consists of 12 hours of training for individuals interested in providing caring support to Suncoast Hospice patients and families. Empath Health Volunteer Orientation is a prerequisite.

Next Step:
Seniors in Service helps nonprofits throughout Tampa Bay find volunteers like you to help accomplish their mission. Fill out the form below and someone from Seniors in Service will contact you soon to walk you through the next steps to begin volunteering. In question 4, please include the words “EMPATH.”

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