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The benefits of volunteering

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Do you want to stay active and engaged? Would you like to make a difference in someone’s life?   Become a volunteer!

Today, with work, childcare and other responsibilities, it can be hard to find the time to volunteer.  However, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take too much time out of your busy lifestyle.  Just a few hours a week can provide much needed services and support for individuals and families in your community.

At Merrimack Valley Hospice, our volunteers play a vital role as part of the hospice team, filling needs that range from direct contact with patients to providing office and fundraising support for our organization.  Some volunteers serve as friendly visitors for patients and their families, providing companionship, respite, errands and other support. Others have unique skills such as Reiki, a complementary healing therapy that is used for relaxation and stress reduction.  All describe their volunteer work as an intensely rewarding experience, emotionally meaningful and deeply gratifying.

Volunteers work in private homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the Merrimack Valley, Southern New Hampshire and York County, Maine as well as at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Merrimack Valley Hospice, including screening requirements, visit www.homehealthfoundation.org/volunteers/

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