Hospice volunteers sought; orientation slated


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DARKE COUNTY — State of the Heart is seeking volunteers to help the nonprofit agency serve in many capacities, including work directly with patients as well as non-patient volunteer tasks. Volunteers are an important part of the team which cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

State of the Heart will hold an orientation for new volunteers Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the agency’s Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway. The orientation is open to volunteers across this entire service area. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Volunteers are needed for both patient and non-patient needs. Patient volunteers provide companionship to patients by visiting and talking with patients or even just reading the newspaper to them. Patient volunteers also help with daily tasks such as running errands and picking up prescriptions. If you are interested in being a hospice volunteer, but do not wish to work directly with patients, there are many other opportunities available. Volunteers are utilized for community outreach such as working health fairs, fundraisers and they also perform clerical duties to assist the office staff. Volunteers run courier throughout all three offices and Care Center to save staff time.

“If you have a special talent, we can find a spot for you,” explained Volunteer Manager Christena Subler. “Professionals in the community volunteer their skills to our patients, such as one volunteer that makes home visits to cut hair. State of the Heart is currently looking to expand their Pet Therapy and also Massage Therapy services to patients. This is a great opportunity for high school students to earn community service hours as well as to gain experience if they have an interest in the medical field.”

For more information and to register for orientation, contact Subler at 937-548-2999 or csubler@stateoftheheartcare.org. Volunteers are required to have a background check and be at least 16 years old. For more information about the services provided by State of the Heart, visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org

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