Volunteer Support

Our volunteers play an important role in supporting our patients and their families.  Not only do volunteers provide companionship and respite, but they can also perform a variety of tasks including household chores, running errands, or preparing small meals.


Meet Our Volunteers

Here For You


Alan Herendich

Alan has been volunteering with Bear Valley Hospice since 2015 after working as our Chaplain for a couple of years. Prior to his time with us, Alan was a volunteer chaplain and led worship services at Bear Valley Community Hospital as well as at an assisted living community in Redlands. Alan says he feels blessed to be a comforting presence for both patients and their caregivers during such a difficult time in their lives. He enjoys being able to act as a connection between patients and larger society as many patients are often socially isolated. He also values the importance of being able to provide caregivers with support and respite during his visits. Alan loves living and working in Big Bear because of the small town relationships to both close friends and acquaintances. He also likes the quick five minute commute to work and no freeways!


Chris Smith

Chris has been a volunteer with Bear Valley Hospice since 2016 and was inspired to get involved with hospice care after her pastor suggested that she consider volunteering with us.  It was important to her to be a part of something with a bigger purpose and hospice was the perfect fit! Chris feels that it is so rewarding to be with patients through the transition from this life to the next and to provide support to patients and their families through companionship, grocery shopping, errand running, etc.  Chris loves living and working in Big Bear and says its just a slice of heaven! She enjoys the slower lifestyle pace and maintaining connections with her church family.


Deanna Winter

Deanna has been volunteering with Bear Valley Hospice for the past three years.  She has 38 years of nursing experience and spent a good chunk of her career working with hospice patients.  Deanna enjoys working in hospice because she feels that it is important to be a light for patients and their families during dark times.  She loves living and working in Big Bear because it is a touch of heaven and she feels blessed to be part of our community.

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Ed Morgan

Ed works exclusively with our veterans to provide support in accessing VA benefits and other resources for patients and their families.  He provides outreach services for the the Big Bear Valley Military Ministry through Calvary Chapel of Big Bear.  Ed is deeply involved with our community and is passionate about supporting our local veterans.


Elizabeth Leotaud

Elizabeth has been a volunteer with us since January 2019 and is a retired hospice nurse of over 20 years.


Connie Hutchison

Connie has been with Bear Valley Hospice since June 2019 and also volunteers with our local hospital and senior center.


Volunteer With Us!

If you are interested in volunteering with Bear Valley Hospice, feel free to download and fill out our application for employment.  Applications can be submitted via email to info@bearvalleyhospice.com or to our office at
909 W. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City, CA 92386