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Community Volunteers Needed at EvergreenHealth Hospice
September 2017
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EvergreenHealth Hospice volunteer coordinator Criss East says the organization is in need of additional volunteer support and is currently accepting applications for September and October trainings.

“We are seeking kind and caring individuals to share their time and talents with our hospice patients and their families,” East says. “This assistance can include running errands, playing card games, listening to a person’s life story, reading or singing, playing or listening to music, or watching TV with a patient.”

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EvergreenHealth Hospice serves patients in King and Snohomish Counties and volunteers are free to choose where their assignments will be. “We especially need people who can volunteer in the community – in patient’s homes, adult family homes, and nursing homes,” East says.

East notes that a volunteer’s presence can help lessen a patient’s loneliness by providing them with companionship, and caregivers find relief when a volunteer comes to stay with a patient so the caregiver can get some time off. “Spending time with someone who is dying makes me realize what is truly important in my own life,” says volunteer Julia Guderian. “The comprehensive training you receive will help you to open your heart to understanding the circumstances a hospice patient and their loved ones are facing, and give you the practical and emotional tools to feel confident about offering them the assistance you have been trained to provide,” she continues.

“Volunteers are integral members of the hospice team and receive support from their team including the social worker and nurse assigned to the family they are working with,” East says, and adds that ongoing hospice education and friendly volunteer gatherings are offered throughout the year.

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