OTTUMWA – Hospice, Serving Davis and Wapello Counties has scheduled free volunteer training for two Fridays, January 10 and 17. Persons interested in becoming Hospice volunteers need to attend both of these General Orientation sessions. The training will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day and lunch will be provided.
“We have many volunteer opportunities at Hospice,” Shelby Cain, volunteer coordinator, said. “Just a few examples of things we need volunteers to do are visiting with patients, assisting with meal preparation, assisting with patient chores and running errands, maintaining the Hospice facility grounds, doing Hospice building maintenance and performing various types of clerical support.”
Cain said no experience is required to become a volunteer, just an interest in helping others. She also said there is no set amount of time that volunteers are expected to give.
All Hospice volunteers are required to complete the two General Orientation classes. Volunteers will then meet with the volunteer coordinator to discuss their areas of interest and expertise.
Throughout the year, Hospice holds several dinners for volunteers and staff. These fun events are a great way for volunteers to get to know each other and to interact with staff members. Hospice also schedules monthly in-service meetings on a wide variety of interesting topics that are also open to volunteers.
Persons interested in registering for the volunteer training class should call (641) 682-0684 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. prior to the orientation.