Guthrie Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Sayre, Pa. – Guthrie Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide comfort and support for hospice patients during day, evening and weekend hours.

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

Volunteers should possess good communication skills, a non-judgmental attitude, flexibility, reliability and compassion. Applicants must be at least 16 years old with a current driver’s license. Volunteer duties can be as simple as reading to patients, writing letters for them or staying nearby while they sleep. A nurse is always available, should a medical need arise.

The next Hospice volunteer training will be held on Monday, March 10, from 4-7 p.m. and on successive Mondays, March 17 and March 24 at the Guthrie Hospice office, 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda, Pa. Registration is required by Monday, March 3.

For more information, contact Jeff Wilkinson at 800-598-6155.

Guthrie is a non-profit 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 offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.