Applications are now being accepted for hospice volunteers in Lincoln City and Newport, with free training on offer to those interested in working to support patients and their families.
“I feel we have a responsibility to take care of our neighbors, especially since Lincoln County is a mostly rural county,” said Volunteer Co-ordinator Sherrie Flinn. “When someone is sick, family and friends want to take care of their loved one, but often they need a break to take care of themselves. Hospice volunteers are trained to step in.”
Volunteers receive more than 23 hours of annual training and they are matched to a patient and situation that make both feel comfortable.
There is a particular need for military veterans and people from smaller outlying communities including Beaver, Rose Lodge, Siletz, Logsden, Blodgett and Yachats. Most volunteers work an hour a week per patient, and up to four hours a week if they want to be more involved.
Flinn said the effect volunteers have when someone is going through a difficult time is unmistakable.
“It’s just a beautiful thing,” she said. “I believe that we all want to find purpose in our lives and sometimes that overflows into the lives of others. That is why we keep doing what we do.”
Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to attend free training courses that begin on March 6 in Lincoln City and March 12 in Newport.
For more information and to start the application process, call Flinn at 541-996-7328 or 541-574-1811.