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Hospice of Western Kentucky's Teddy Bear program

Teddy Bears

They are cuddly and adorable, and ready to bring smiles to the faces of children dealing with the impending loss of a loved one. With the help of a local church, Hospice of Western Kentucky's Volunteer Department has implemented a new Teddy Bear program created specifically to help children with grief. The Disciples Women's Ministry of the First Christian Church in Owensboro made an initial financial contribution to purchase a supply of Hospice bears. And on July 10th, the first bear found a home.

If you or your club/church/organization would like to support the Hospice Teddy Bear program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Karen Cavin-Brown at 270-926-7565 or by emailing Karen at

Volunteer Services

Neighbors helping neighbors - that is what volunteering at Hospice is all about.

Hospice of Western Kentucky is looking for dedicated, compassionate volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to patients at the end of life and their families in Daviess, Hancock, Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties.

Over 100,000 people volunteer at hospices around the country. In fact, volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team.

Hospice volunteers bring companionship and support to those facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness. In addition to visiting with patients, your presence as a volunteer also gives family members the opportunity for a much-needed break. Volunteers run errands and assist a patient or family member with many other basic activities. Occasionally, when a caregiver needs to leave the house for a short time, a volunteer stays with the patient so the caregiver knows that their loved one is not alone while they are away. Volunteers carefully listen to both patient and family, whether in the patient's own home, in an assisted-living facility, or in a nursing home.

As a hospice volunteer, you have the privilege of serving families at a tender time when they are saying, "I love you," "I forgive you," "thank you," and "good-bye." It's a period of closure and a time of reflection. Many patients find it helpful to talk about their lives with an objective listener. They feel free to discuss events and issues with a volunteer that may be difficult to share with their relatives or healthcare providers. Hospice volunteers consistently  describe the experience as one that is surprisingly rewarding.


Volunteers provide a variety of services, depending on desires, abilities and interests. All volunteers receive extensive training and support, and our full-time Volunteer Coordinator is available to help if you have questions or concerns. Please know that a volunteer will never be asked to do something he or she does not want to do.

Patient-care is not the only way to contribute


If you are interested in volunteering but don't see yourself working directly with patients, hospice will gladly find ways to use your unique talents. Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Clerical tasks (mailings, special projects)
  • Arranging and/or delivering flowers
  • Staffing a table at a health fair
  • Writing condolence cards
  • Assisting at a memorial event or fundraiser
  • Delivering medications from pharmacies
  • Helping with computer projects/Data entry
  • Serving on an advisory council
  • Helping with grief support groups

There are "Direct Service" and "Non-Direct Service" volunteers

Direct Service Volunteers

These are volunteers who visit with patients in their homes. Hospice direct service volunteers are generally warm, caring persons with non-judgmental attitudes and a willingness to help others by: offering companionship, reading, visiting, providing a meal, giving caregivers an opportunity to rest, shop or other needs.

Non-Direct Service Volunteers

These are people who do not give direct service to patients, but want to help in other ways, such as: assist with recruiting; help with fundraising; office work; telephoning; carpenters; cutting grass; flower delivery, etc.

For more information, or to volunteer, please call or write:


Volunteer Coordinator
Hospice of Western Kentucky
3419 Wathens Crossing
Owensboro, KY 42301

Or email: Karen Cavin-Brown