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Volunteer Program

Community volunteers play an important role in providing that extra touch to the Rice experience, helping patients, visitors, and staff members.

People volunteer throughout different stages of their lives, and they volunteer for a variety of reasons. One thing ties them all together, though - their commitment to enhancing and enriching the lives of others.

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  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Volunteer Stories

Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety
of roles

  • Information Desk - directing visitors
  • Gift Shop - selling flowers and gifts
  • Community Health Library - helping visitors find materials or use computers
  • Rice Care Center - helping with clerical work or resident activities, or, one-to-one visiting with residents
  • Patient Care - helping staff with patients or clerical work
  • Hospice - assisting with patient care, clerical work or bereavement service
  • Cancer Services - greeting and helping patients and families
  • Admissions - escorting patients and families
  • Dialysis - helping staff or spending time with patients during their treatments
  • Surgical Lounge - keeping families informed
  • Health Insurance Counseling - helping with medical billing and insurance questions
  • Rice Rehab Center - helping staff with clerical responsibilities
  • Cardiac Rehab - greeting patients and families or helping with clerical work
  • Special Projects

luann sietsemaTo discover opportunities at Rice Hospital, please contact:

LuAnn Sietsema
Volunteer Services Coordinator

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deb vanburenTo discover opportunities at Rice Hospice,
please contact:

Deb Van Buren
Rice Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

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Marie Staleymarie staley

I began volunteering at Rice when my son was deployed to Iraq and I needed to focus on other people instead of myself.

I love it here and I always look forward to coming - its a place where you always feel appreciated. I volunteer in the Surgical Lounge and the Gift Shop about four or five times per month.

Volunteering is such a simple thing to do and Rice has a great atmosphere.


Marlow Erdmanmarlow edman

I am a cancer survivor and want to help others in any small way that I can. When you're faced with a severe illness, you need somebody to talk to, but I receive far more from patients than I could every possibly give.

Rice Hospice staff are the most caring and compassionate individuals of any team that I've ever been involved with - they give you the knowledge and support you need to volunteer.

Linda Just and Sugar
linda just

I began volunteering because I knew that Sugar would be a good therapy dog in the Pet Therapy Program with Rice Hospice. She gets along with everybody.

I think everyone should take the Rice Hospice Training Program because it's an excellent seminar you can relate to life. Even if Sugar stopped volunteering, I would never give it up.

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Karla Nelsonkarla

I started volunteering before I started having children. People say they don't have time, but even with kids and working full-time, I'm starting my 22nd year as a volunteer at Rice.

I like to work in the Gift Shop, but if it isn't for you, you'll find other places you will like. I work the first Friday of every month.

I think more people should volunteer. Its giving but it's also receiving - what a blessing it is for me to volunteer. I've met a lot of fun, neat people and even a lifetime friend.


Dale and Judy Johnsondalejudy johnson

We began volunteering when we retired because we wanted to give back to the community after being employed in the public sector.

We've always liked Rice Hospital so we went through the volunteer training program together and have been volunteering here since 2002.

It's fun to meet the different people - both visitors and other volunteers. We enjoy being here and we can choose the schedule we want.

To discover opportunities at Rice Hospice,
please contact:

Deb Van Buren
Rice Hospice Volunteer Coordinator

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