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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:01AM

Hospice volunteer training offered

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A two-day hospice volunteer training class will be offered Friday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Hospice office at 209 N. Ridgewood Drive, Suite 3, in downtown Sebring.

This is a 16-hour certification and interested participants should plan to attend both days. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Volunteers assist staff at community events, visit patients to offer support and companionship, provide pet care, present veteran recognition ceremonies and much more.

“Volunteers find satisfaction as they help others, making an important difference in the lives of our patients and families,” said Volunteer Specialist Dorothy L. Harris.

Volunteers become a friend and companion to patients, offering a source of strength, encouragement and support. Volunteers read books, play cards and simply visit with patients. In-home assistance allows the caregiver to tend to errands or simply get a much needed break.

Volunteers also visit patients in facilities, ensuring they know someone cares about them and they haven’t been forgotten. Hospice volunteers typically contribute a couple of hours per week or a few days per month.

Preregister for the volunteer training by calling Harris at 863-382-4563.