Hospice Volunteers Needed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dianne M. Cutillo
(802) 447-5413
3-Aug-2007

BENNINGTON — Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care will begin a 9-week volunteer training session in September. 

Sessions meet from 10 am–1 pm. The training is open to anyone in the community who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or learning more about hospice. Attendance at the training does not obligate anyone to volunteer, although Hospice strongly encourages attendees to serve as a volunteer. 

Hospice volunteers can fill a variety of roles, from administrative assistance  such as mailings, copying, and other office work, to patient care — for example, staying with a patient so the family can take a break and assisting with meals — and bereavement support. The volunteer is a very important part of the hospice team. For more information, or to register for training, call VNA & Hospice at (802) 442-5502, extension 4567.

The VNA program is Bennington’s only Medicare-certified Hospice.

VNA & Hospice is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves. SVHC, founded by a gift from Henry W. Putnam, relies on the generosity of donors to help SVHC bring quality healthcare to Southwestern Vermont and bordering New York communities.

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