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Register now for the October 26 training

Wed, Oct 11th 2017 02:55 pm
Join our exceptional team of volunteers and attend the October 26 training!
Join our exceptional team of volunteers and attend the October 26 training!

Niagara Hospice has scheduled a volunteer training for Thursday, October 26 at 9:00am-4:00pm at Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls. Marketing, Public Relations & Volunteer Services Director Tricia Degan said: "We are in need of more volunteers interested in working with hospice patients that live in the western end of the county, so we have scheduled this training in Niagara Falls to make it more convenient for anyone interested in helping out." Degan said there are many volunteer opportunities available that include working with patients as well as non-patient related tasks, and that anyone can attend this training regardless of where they live.

The agency's most immediate needs for volunteers are to make home visits, as well as certified pet visit volunteers. While visiting patients, volunteers may just talk, read the paper or a book to the patient, play cards or do other activities. They may also just provide a hand to hold while the family caregivers take a much deserved break.

Niagara Hospice will soon launch a new service for hospice patients aimed at keeping beloved pets and their owners together. Pet Peace of Mind® services will include financial assistance, based on need, with veterinary appointments and grooming; transporting pets to appointments; assistance with pet care; purchasing needed pet food and supplies. The Pet Peace of Mind® program requires volunteers have a background in pet care such as veterinarians, vet techs, pet groomers, pet shelter workers and volunteers, professional dog walkers, etc. Anyone in such a field is encouraged to apply and attend the October 26 volunteer training.

Contact the Niagara Hospice volunteer office at 280-0748 for an application and to register for the training. More information and volunteer applications are also available at www.NiagaraHospice.org.


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