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Hospice Seeks Volunteers, Offers Training

Hospice of the Gorge provides free training for volunteers

The Gorge-wide organization, providing comfort care at the end of life, invites persons interested in helping others to train and serve.

Looking for an opportunity to do something really important? Something that will truly benefit others in your community, and offer great personal rewards? Consider becoming a volunteer with Hospice of The Gorge.

The organization provides end-of-life comfort care for any resident of the Mid-Columbia desiring it, in both Oregon and Washington, from Cascade Locks and Stevenson to Goldendale and Condon.

With the growing awareness of hospice services, more and more terminally-ill area residents are choosing hospice care. Volunteers play vital roles in the hospice program and are needed in every Gorge community.

Many kinds of volunteer opportunities are available, including helping with patient care, assisting patients and their families with errands, housework or yardwork, delivering medical equipment to patient homes, performing office work and more.

Volunteers may select the kinds of work in which they are interested. Male volunteers and volunteers who speak Spanish are especially needed at this time.

Volunteers are asked to take a free 20-hour training course taught by experts in their fields. The training is described by attendees as interesting and valuable. Among the subjects discussed are hospice philosophy, family dynamics and the psychosocial aspects of dying, bereavement and dealing with stress.

The next training series will be held on three Saturdays -- Sept. 8 and 22 and Oct. 6 -- from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first and third sessions will be held in The Dalles, the second in Hood River.

For information about the many volunteer jobs available with hospice, or to register for the upcoming volunteer training, contact Cindy Brunk, volunteer coordinator, by calling the Hospice of The Gorge office in Hood River, (541) 387-6449; in The Dalles, (541) 296-3228; or tollfree, (800) 955-3911, ext. 6449.

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