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Hospice Program Seeks Volunteers; Training Program Begins Jan. 10

NORTHAMPTON — Interested in making a difference in someone’s life while doing something deeply rewarding? Become a hospice volunteer. Cooley Dickinson Health Care will deliver a comprehensive, four-session training program on Jan. 10, 25, and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Jan. 17 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

No experience is necessary, and 18 hours of training will be provided. People who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers should be good listeners and be able to exhibit flexibility, caring, and compassion. Volunteers must be 18 years old and older, have their own transportation, agree to a CORI check and health screening, and be able to volunteer between one and four hours per week.

Ways to volunteer include patient companionship, family and caregiver support, complimentary therapies (Reiki, massage, music, pet therapy), bereavement support, and administrative help. For more information and to request an application, contact Carol Devine, hospice coordinator, at (413) 582-5354 or cdevine4@cooleydickinson.org.