Jackie Whitehead, a Memorial Hospital Hospice volunteer since 2000, pulls a winning ticket
for the recent quilt raffle. Fundraising activity is one of the many functions volunteers play
in their support as a hospice volunteer. A new training session is set to begin February 24, 2014.
Memorial Hospital Hospice is offering a free hospice volunteer training program beginning
Monday, February 24. The training will be held in the Wellness Room (second floor) of Memorial
Hospital's Personal Care Home, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. continuing through dates in March and into April.
"Hospice volunteers are absolutely vital in fulfilling hospice's mission to care for
dying people and their families," says Trudy Ventello, LSW, volunteer coordinator for
Memorial Hospital's hospice program. She explained that volunteers help hospice to
provide services it otherwise could not offer.
"The training will offer an opportunity to reach out to our communities, educate
the public about end-of-life care, as well as recognize and recruit hospice volunteers," said Ventello.
"Duties vary, but hospice volunteers are usually counted on to keep the patient company,
provide a link to the hospice staff, be a support person, do chores around the house,
run errands and provide physical care. We are especially looking for volunteers
interested in the fund raising aspect of being a hospice volunteer. There are many
opportunities to organize, assist and or create fundraising events that in turn
benefit all the hospice patients and their families," she said.
Memorial Hospital's hospice program has a team of 20-plus committed hospice volunteers
who perform duties such as providing administrative assistance in the office, taking
care of terminally ill patients and their caregivers, offering bereavement support
to families, and fundraising activities.
"These wonderful volunteers give their time and talents and are an essential part of
the meaningful experience that hospice care offers", says Ventello. "We all need to
be reminded of the value of family, community and the power of committed individuals
to do good for others. Volunteering for hospice offers a chance to serve goals larger than self," she said.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or have hospice questions in
general, contact Trudy Ventello, Memorial Hospital Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at
570-268-2233. Please call to register for the seven-week volunteer training course
as well at 570-268-2233.
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