Speakers On Site – Education and training for your group or organization.

Knowledge, Guidance and Tools to Make Difficult Healthcare Decisions

At Cedar Valley Hospice, our staff is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve. With knowledge, respect and compassionate care, we are there for patients, clients and families during a very difficult time. Oftentimes, we hear the phrase “we should have called sooner” or “I wish I knew more about hospice.”


Our S.O.S. (Speakers on Site) program seeks to educate our entire communities on hospice and end-of-life topics – before there’s a need. By providing your group with the knowledge and tools necessary to make difficult healthcare decisions, we can help you get the care you or your loved one needs sooner.

woman presenting to a crowd

Know Your Options

Our S.O.S. presentations are available free of charge to businesses, professional groups, human resource and healthcare professionals, civic groups, schools and churches. These presentations provide:

  • Guidance and education regarding serious illnesses
  • Access to hospice experts and healthcare professionals
  • Increased awareness of healthcare options
  • A no-cost way to educate your organization or group
  • Guidance with advance directives planning

We also provide continuing educational opportunities for the healthcare community. Cedar Valley Hospice is an approved Iowa Board of Nursing Provider, which allows nurses to receive CE credits for attending an educational event. All other disciplines receive a certificate of attendance. Example topics include:

  • Final Hours & Preparing for Critical Care Events
  • Pain & Symptom Management at the End of Life
  • Difficult Conversations and Ethical Considerations

There are also various other chances to volunteer with Cedar Valley Hospice such as working at fundraising events, gardening, helping with office and mailing duties or serving on various committees at Cedar Valley Hospice.

Presentation Options

  • Hospice 101
  • Myths of Hospice
  • Grief & Loss
  • Palliative Care
  • Eucalyptus Tree Youth Grief Program
  •  Advance Care Planning
  • Death & Dying
  • HIV & the CASS Program
people in a crowd raising a hand

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers at Cedar Valley Hospice have certain requirements they must adhere to:


  • Attend a 16 hour training prior to volunteering
  • Have good listening skills
  • Make a year-long commitment
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Be present at in-services and training sessions
  • Accept others spiritual beliefs and cultural backgrounds
  • Be active at least one hour per week
  • Be able to get to and from volunteer appointments consistently
  • Be both physically and emotionally healthy
  • Cannot have experienced the death in their family or loss due to divorce or separation in the previous year
  • Be able to be sensitive and empathetic

Interested in Volunteering?

If you would like more information on volunteering for Cedar Valley Hospice, complete the form below or call Chris Dunn, Volunteer Services Team Lead at 319.272.2002.

Volunteer Information

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Become a volunteer!

Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. From visiting patients to helping with events, they perform a number of different roles that are vital to helping us carry out our mission.

Healthcare Partner Resources

We offer multiple resources for physicians and healthcare clinicians dealing with serious diagnosis and end-of-life related topics as well as an easy online patient referral form. Connect with us today!