Go, Do, Learn

August 29, 2003

Hospice volunteers

Hospice is in need of volunteers. The most pressing need is for patient and family care and support volunteers. These are the people who give a few hours a week to assist hospice patients and families in achieving goals and meeting needs.

Hospice is also in need of bereavement volunteers. They must also participate in the volunteer training classes. Bereavement volunteers are usually assigned to a person who is coping with the death of a loved one. Volunteers make regular phone calls from home to listen, provide information, encouragement and support.

"Hospice helpers" is a new category of volunteers. Hospice helpers are people who volunteer time and expertise on a one-time basis for a specific reason, such as carpentry, hairdressing, etc.

Organizational support volunteers help with clerical work, fund-raising and community education. Organizational support volunteers also are asked to take a mini-volunteer training class.


Two volunteer training classes will be offered in September by Hospice of the Panhandle. For information, call volunteer coordinator Pam Shanklin at 1-800-345-6538 or 1-304-264-0406.

Adoption education

FREDERICK, Md. - Adoption 101, The Journeys and Joys of Adoption is a four-week adoption education series. The next series will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8 through Sept. 29, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hahn Building, 35 E. Church St.

The workshop is offered by Frank Adoption Center. The class can be used to fulfill education credit requirements for adoptive parents required by the Hague Convention Regulations for International Adoption.

The cost is $100 per couple or $75 for single parents.

For information, call Jo DeVolld at Frank Adoption Center, 1-301-682-5025.

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