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May 1, 2007 > Recruiting Hospice Volunteers

Recruiting Hospice Volunteers

All it takes is compassion and a little time to become a hospice volunteer for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(r) of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hospice volunteers spend time with patients at the end of life and their families-providing a listening ear and a warm and caring presence during a critical time in life. Volunteers are trained in communication skills, family dynamics and how to affect patients and their caregivers positively.

After volunteers complete the required training, they are prepared to visit private homes or nursing homes to provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, run errands and help in other small but meaningful ways. Volunteers are needed in all areas of Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Assignments are made according to the volunteer's location preference and work and family schedules.

"We offer a variety of volunteering opportunities that match each person's skills, interests and comfort level," says Blake Mueller, VITAS volunteer services manager for the San Francisco Bay Area office.

VITAS volunteer orientation class
Saturday, May 5
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
39899 Balentine Drive, Suite 161, Newark

Training materials and meals are provided at no charge.

For more information on the program or to register for an orientation class please call Blake Mueller, VITAS volunteer services manager, at 866-268-4827.

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