Guthrie Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Guthrie Hospice is seeking new volunteers for day, evening, and weekend hours to provide comfort and support for hospice patients.

Are you willing to accept a life-changing challenge, while making a real difference in someone else’s life? 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 Wednesday, May 6.

“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.”

New Hospice volunteer training classes will begin on Wednesday, May 6 from 4-7 p.m. and on successive Wednesdays, May 13 and May 20 at the Guthrie Hospice office at 421 Tomahawk Road in Towanda, Pa. Registration is required by May 1. For more information, contact Jeff Wilkinson at 800-598-6155.

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.