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New hospice volunteer opportunity announced

by jmaloni

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Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 07:00 am

Niagara Hospice has put a call out to community volunteers to consider volunteering in the Niagara Falls, Lewiston/Youngstown and North Tonawanda areas.

"We are looking for men, women and teens who want to make a difference in the lives of Niagara County residents as they make their final journey," said Niagara Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Raff.

Volunteers are also needed at David's Path, a Schoellkopf Health Center and Niagara Hospice collaboration.

"With the establishment of David's Path in Niagara Falls, we are especially in need of volunteers from that end of the county to attend our October training there," Raff said. Volunteers are needed to visit with residents as well as assist in music and pet visits. Raff said the music and pet visits have been a huge success with area hospice patients and that more pet owners and musicians are needed for David's Path and for hospice home care patients. Volunteers are also needed to read to patients and help with arts, crafts and other activities.

David's Path is located on the second floor of the Schoellkopf Health Center at 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. The unit is named for David Winker, a beloved Memorial Medical Center employee who spent his final days surrounded by family members while being cared for at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport. David's Path residents receive specialized hospice services from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical social workers and spiritual care providers, as well as massage therapists, allied therapists, support staff, volunteers and bereavement counselors.

A hospice volunteer training will be held at Schoellkopf Health Center Oct. 15 and 16, from 5-9 p.m.

"The training at Schoellkopf is open to all potential Niagara Hospice volunteers, regardless of where they want to work," Raff said.

Interested volunteers are asked to register for the training by calling the Niagara Hospice Alliance at 716-280-0748.

For more information about volunteer opportunities or to complete an application, call the Niagara Hospice Alliance at 716-280-0748 or email [email protected]. More organization information can be found at www.NiagaraHospice.org.

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to more than 20,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to ability to pay. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-439-4417.

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