Guthrie Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Sayre, Pa. – Are you willing to accept a life-changing challenge, while making a real difference in someone else’s life?

Guthrie Hospice is seeking new volunteers for day, evening and weekend hours to provide comfort and support for hospice patients. These volunteers are asked to provide positive support to patients and their families at a very difficult, but important, time in their lives. Volunteer training classes begin on March 4.

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

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 reading to patients, writing letters for them or staying nearby while they sleep. A nurse is always available should a medical situation arise.

The Guthrie Hospice volunteer is a rewarding experience and will provide you the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life by providing a unique kind of support and compassion.

New Hospice volunteer training classes will begin on Monday, March 11 from 4-7 p.m. and on successive Mondays, March 18 and March 25 at the Guthrie Hospice office at 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda, PA. Registration is required by Friday, March 8. For more information, contact Jeff Wilkinson at 800-598-6155.

Guthrie Health is an integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.