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Thursday, September 8, 2011 - Beginning Monday, October 10 - South Jersey Healthcare HospiceCare hosts volunteer classes

Vineland, NJ (September 8) – Volunteers are a significant part of any hospice organization. Trained volunteers provide care and support services that are most important in the delivery of the hospice concept to patients and their caregivers. Would you have a few extra hours each month to spend doing something worthwhile and valuable? Are you compassionate, reliable and nonjudgmental? If so, your time and talent can make a positive difference in the lives of SJH HospiceCare’s patients and their families and caregivers. 

“Volunteers assist staff by providing comfort and respite to the patient and family/caregiver during one of the most difficult times in a family’s life,” said Brenda Freitag, Volunteer Coordinator for SJH HospiceCare. “They also help in the areas of clerical/office tasks and fund raising activities. I am looking for volunteers in Salem, Cumberland and southern Gloucester counties.”

Volunteers do need to be educated about hospice. Our volunteer training class begins on Monday, October 10 at 9:00 AM. We will hold six classes in total over a period of two weeks. All classes will be held in the Bridgeton Health Center located at 333 Irving Avenue, Bridgeton, N.J. from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Classes cover the history and philosophy of hospice, physical aspects of disease and pain management, communication skills, psychological responses to death and dying, spirituality, bereavement and volunteer responsibilities and opportunities.
SJH HospiceCare, a program of SJH Community Services, and a service of South Jersey Healthcare, is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. The agency is supported by insurance reimbursement, corporations, grants, fund raising activities and tax-deductible donations from caring individuals. It provides services for patients and families/caregivers in Cumberland, Salem and portions of Atlantic and Gloucester Counties regardless of their financial circumstances.

If you would like to know more about volunteering for SJH HospiceCare or to register for the classes, please call Brenda Freitag at (856) 575-4278. Volunteers are a gift to the community, please call today!

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.