Guthrie Hospice is seeking volunteers

Guthrie Hospice is seeking new volunteers for day, evening and weekend hours to provide support to hospice patients and their families at a very difficult, but important time in their lives. Training for new volunteers will begin in May. 

“Volunteers are fundamental to the hospice concept and provide companionship and positive support in the lives of patients and their families,” says Rev. Jeff Wilkinson, Guthrie Hospice volunteer coordinator. “Our volunteers help to dispel our clients’ fears of being alone during a very difficult time.” 

Rev. Wilkinson added, “Becoming a hospice volunteer can be a rewarding experience and provides an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life by providing a unique kind of support and compassion.” 

Qualities needed are good communication skills, a non-judgmental attitude, flexibility, reliability and compassion. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have a current driver’s license. Volunteer duties are as simple as visiting with patients in their homes or residences, playing games with patients, or providing relief for their caregiver to run errands. 

The next hospice volunteer training classes, which run for three consecutive weeks, will begin on Tuesday, May 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Guthrie Hospice office at 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda, Pa. 

For more information or to register, contact Jeff Wilkinson at 1-800-598-6155. Registration is required by May 5. 

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