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Tuesday November 17th, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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The Hospice is hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Open House on Tuesday, November 24th from 5pm to 6:30pm.

With 750 current active volunteers, The Hospice says that simply is still not enough.

“Some people ask me why the Hospice needs more volunteers,” said executive director, Carol Derbyshire. “We have been blessed by volunteers who give so selflessly. The current recruitment strategy is to meet the growing need for care in the last five years alone, the number of patients receiving services has doubled, from 1,000 to 2,000 people per year.”

For the last 36 years, volunteerism has been the lifeblood of The Hospice. Serving in every capacity imaginable, from assisting with administration and patient care to providing rides to and from medical appointments or sitting vigil with terminally ill patients, volunteers are at the heart of
Hospice.

Over the last year alone, Hospice volunteers have provided close to 62,000 hours of care. At minimum wage, that is a donation of over $697,500.

With demand for services growing exponentially each year, The Hospice is now recruiting volunteers from all ages and background who might be able to lend their expertise, compassion and time to helping patients and families affected by life-altering diagnoses.

In particular, Hospice needs: male volunteers and multi-lingual volunteers to do patient care; volunteer drivers; and lottery booth volunteers. The Volunteer Recruitment Open House will showcase the multitude of roles available to volunteers and help to provide matches in skills and interests to anyone interested.

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