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Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity to volunteer your time and give back to your community? The VNA of Care New England Hospice is looking for people who care about terminally ill people and want to make a difference in the life of a dying person. We have a number of volunteer opportunities that can be done at home, in our offices, or with patients. Training is provided that includes monthly gatherings for ongoing education and volunteer companionship. Make new friends and learn a new skill, all while making a positive impact for hospice patients in your community.

Phone A Friend –If you want to help hospice patients who are scared, lonely, or need support, volunteer to call adult terminally ill patients. These calls are made from the VNA offices in Warwick and might include skype chat or phone chat. Volunteers can offer community updates, local news, and general friendly conversation.

Guardian Angel – Spend two hours at a time sitting with a dying patient who is living in a nursing home, so they don’t die without a person by their side. Guardian Angel volunteers provide a calming and peaceful presence during end of life at local nursing homes in the community.

Critter Sitter – Help with pet care for a terminally ill patient. All pets will have updated vaccinations.

Knight In Shining Armor – Visit hospice patients in their homes to provide in-person companionship and rest for their caregivers on Saturdays/Sundays or evenings.

Coordination Crew – Work in the hospice office supporting the hospice volunteer coordinator.

Creative Crafters – Opportunities exist to work directly with terminally ill patients and their family members to create legacy/memory books and to help children of terminally ill parents by providing a distraction from illness. Work from home and still contribute to the community by creating busy blankets for patients with dementia or knitting lap blankets for hospice patients.

Journey Companion – General volunteers make visits to terminally ill patients during daytime or evening hours to provide one-on-one companionship, helping caregivers with light chores or staying with the patient so the caregiver can get out of the home for enjoyment or errands. Responsibilities may also include clerical duties in the office, light cooking for patients, or running errands for terminally ill patients.

Candidates must be over 18 years of age and be willing to make a one year commitment to service following your training for positions in the patient's home.

For information, call the VNA of Care New England Hospice at (401) 737-6050, email KWMitchell@VNACareNewEngland.org or apply online.