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Aurora Visiting Nurse Association seeks volunteers for hospice program

Friday, January 11, 2008

Are you looking for a unique way to give back to the community? Consider volunteering a portion of your time to the hospice program of the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin.

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin values the contributions of our volunteers. Our hospice program is seeking caring and dependable volunteers. Volunteers are needed in Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties to assist our hospice patients and their families.

Activities that a volunteer might perform include providing a respite time to caregivers, chatting with patients, or helping out at the office and during special events. Medical training is not a requirement, just a desire to share your time and talents. Volunteer times are flexible according to your interests and availability.

The next orientation and training sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, January 26 and February 2, at the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin office in Lake Geneva, 500 Interchange North. For more information or to register, please call Mary Stenzel, volunteer coordinator, Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin at 262-249-5860 or 1-800-644-5860 or e-mail mary.stenzel@aurora.org.

Stenzel said volunteering has many benefits including fellowship, a sense of belonging, laughter and an opportunity to give something back to the community.

“We also have a special program available for ‘professional volunteers,’’’ said Stenzel. “People who would be willing to share special skills such as massage therapists, beauticians, social workers, attorneys, and music and pet therapists would be a welcome addition to our program,’’ she said.

To work with patients and families, you must be at least 18 years of age, have your own transportation, and be willing to complete the two-day training program or individual training.

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit agency that has been committed to keeping people independent in their homes since 1907. The Aurora VNA is the most comprehensive source of home care services in eastern Wisconsin. Aurora VNA is part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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