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posted: 8/4/2014 3:47 PM

Fox Valley hospice needs more volunteers

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Submitted by Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice

Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, is in need of volunteers for its Hands of Hope program. This service offers support to patients and their families undergoing cancer treatments at Dreyer Cancer Clinic and Presence St. Joseph Hospital.

Volunteers provide emotional support, offer respectful caring and nonjudgmental listening while providing a healing presence to patients during treatments.

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Interested parties must contact FVVH by Aug. 13 to participate in the New Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and Patient Care Training at FVVH at 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva.

FVVH provides an extensive, ongoing training program for patient care with access to trained professionals always available.

"Volunteers are a vibrant and integral part of FVVH. Our volunteers are out in the community, working with those with life-threatening illnesses and their families, or with the bereaved, following the death of a loved one," said Adriana Torres, manager of Volunteer Services for FVVH. "Through training and support, we give our volunteers the tools they need to help their clients, and many continue to work with Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice for years."

Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice serves Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties. In addition to one-on-one support for those with life-threatening illnesses and the bereaved, the agency also offers medical equipment loans, adult and children's grief support groups, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and community lending library. All services are provided free.

For more information on volunteering for FVVH, contact Adriana Torres at (630) 232-2233, Ext. 227, or email atorres@fvvh.org, or see www.fvvh.org.

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