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Hospice seeks volunteers to help the terminally ill

Workers are also needed for the agency’s office

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VistaCare Hospice is looking for volunteers to help serve and comfort the growing number of patients along the Wasatch Front.

Individuals who are able to commit two to four hours each week, for six to 12 months, are asked to serve as companions for the terminally ill and their families. Patients greatly benefit by having companions with whom to read, play music or games and participate in family activities. Volunteers can also help patients with their yards and housework. VistaCare also needs volunteers to work in their office. Full training and support is provided.

Other volunteer opportunities in Utah County include the following:

Assist victims of domestic violence. Utah Legal Services in Provo needs committed volunteers to serve four hour shifts one day each week, assisting victims of domestic violence. Volunteers will help individuals fill out proper forms, such as restraining orders. Legal services also needs volunteers to assist in their offices answering phones, typing letters and more.

Help with Armed Forces Emergency Services. Volunteers are invited to become a part of the Armed Forces Emergency Services program, which is facilitated through the American Red Cross. Those participants are asked to be on call weekends and evenings. Through this service, families of men and women in the Armed Forces are able to have contact with loved ones in case of an emergency. Volunteers either wear a pager or have calls transferred to them from the Provo Red Cross office.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities in Utah County, contact the United Way of Utah County Volunteer Center weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 374-8108. Otherwise, search the Volunteer Opportunities database on the United Way of Utah County Web site www.unitedwayuc.org.