Somerset, Pennsylvania


ViaQuest Hospice and its caring professionals strive to be a refuge for patients and their families. Serving over 250 patients in 8 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, our mission is to assist our patients in maintaining dignity and quality of life in their final days while also providing support for caregivers, families and loved ones. ViaQuest Hospice staff strives to assist our patients in living each day to the fullest by focusing on comfort care, pain management and relief of distressing symptoms. We offer our patients and their families spiritual and bereavement counseling, as well as emotional support.

Patients receive care wherever they call home, whether that is their personal residence, the home of a family member, or a care facility.  Volunteers are an essential part of the interdisciplinary team providing care.  Serving as a hospice volunteer is an excellent way to fulfill course service requirements for a wide range of majors, gain experience in your chosen field (or explore a new field!), boost a resume, build a network and to grow as a person.

Possible Projects:

No minimum hours are required.  Volunteers are free to choose how much time they would like to give.

Volunteers provide a smiling face, a hand to hold, and a sharing of love and compassion.

Companionship services can include                         

  • Talking and listening
  • Reading
  • Cards/Games/Puzzles
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Recording of life memories:  scrapbooking, photo organizations, memoirs

Respite services can include

  • Errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light cleaning
  • Landscaping
  • Child Care

Bereavement services can include

  • Care Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Visits
  • Assisting with Memorial Services

Spiritual Care services can include

  • Scripture reading
  • Prayer
  • Hymns


How to Become a Volunteer

Those interested in volunteering should contact Kim DiPiazza, Volunteer Coordinate, to arrange to receive an application packet

Phone:   724-292-7696


To become a volunteer:

  • Complete Application packet
  • Criminal Background Check (cost covered by ViaQuest) – the form is included in the application packet
  • Tuberculosis screening (cost covered by ViaQuest) – available at any local MedExpress.  Instructions are included in the application packet
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer Orientation Program – scheduled at your convenience.  Orientation takes 1-3 hours at a location convenient to you
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer On-Site Training Program – you will meet a patient/patients

Upcoming Events:

Refer to Website

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Check out this film tonight (2/24) at 6:30 and tomorrow (2/25) at 12:30.

Race: The Power of Illusion

Race: The Power of Illusion

Check out the first part of this film series sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.

Once a Day

Make it a practice to help one person every day. 

This is an easy and gratifying exercise that, with very little practice, can become a natural part of your daily routine. Whether you help by holding the elevator, dropping a dollar into a homeless person’s hand, or pitching in to help with a loved one’s chore, notice how this makes you feel. Positive psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky has shown that people who perform acts of kindness (five acts on a single day each week) tend to feel happier after six weeks.

Fantasize about that tropical May heat and sign up for volunteering in May ;)

The Get Rooted in Cumberland Program is seeking volunteers and participants for a community tree planting in Cumberland’s North End the morning of Saturday May 17th, 2014. Volunteers are needed for both physical and non-physical tasks, including: planting trees, taking pictures, and manning the meet-up location. Specifically there is a need for 4-6 individuals interested in supervising small groups of tree planters.  Training will occur on site the day of the planting and all materials will be provided.  Time TBA. Homeowners in the area between Frederick Street and Piedmont Avenue, and Mechanic Street to the City limits are eligible to receive a free yard tree. Visit and fill out the form to register as a volunteer and/or sign up to receive a tree. Supplies are limited, so act soon!. If you have any questions about the Get Rooted program or the tree planting please contact Raquel Ketterman at or 301-759-6604.

Book Drive

Book Drive

Share the Joy and Donate a Children’s book to Wiley Ford Primary.

Contest Winner announced!

Many of you may remember the writing contest the Volunteer Center held in honor of Make a Difference Day. We’ve finally read through the many fabulous entries, and while it was hard to make a decision, we chose Debbie A. Phillips’s piece on volunteerism because it underlined something we should all strive for, lifetime service to our community. Congratulations, Debbie!



         Many people claim to not have the time or energy to volunteer. Many won’t do a task if money is not involved.  When I was a teen in the 70′s, I was a “Candy Striper” at Memorial Hospital. It was there that I learned that when illness is involved, there is no distinction between people, that we are all the same. While a volunteer at the American Red Cross in Quantico, Virginia, our office and an office in another country helped to find a young Marine’s wife who was involved in a natural disaster. Thankfully she was fine, and as a thank you, I received a small Bible. I still have it today. Also while working at the American Red Cross in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, our office was involved with birth and death notifications. At that time Desert Shield and Desert Storm were going on, and we had many parents and wives calling to see where their loved ones were and if they were safe.  This was difficult because the details of the war were confidential and we had no way to get the information. Volunteering is rewarding but not always a happy thing to do. Several years ago my church volunteered to clean up Maryland Avenue and redecorate the nursery at the Woman’s Shelter. That was needed and very appreciated. There are always ways to volunteer in your community. The world would be a better place if we all volunteered once a month. Pick up trash, plant flowers, pull weeds, be an asset to another human being. Be available to make a difference . Right now in Cumberland the family and friends of Lisa Simmons are asking everyone to come out and join the sweep to find her. The coroner for Cumberland has confirmed that Lisa Simmons was murdered on September 5th. Unfortunately, exhaustive sweeps of the area have failed to locate her body. As a member of someone’s family, we should all do what we can for the good of our community. Please help find Lisa’s body to bring closure to her family. 


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