The Ottumwa Courier

October 25, 2013

Care Initiatives Hospice looking for volunteers

Ottumwa Courier

---- — Interested in volunteering? Care Initiatives Hospice is looking for volunteers.

Here are some common myths about volunteering for hospice care:

Myth 1: As a hospice volunteer, I am on my own.

Reality: Care Initiatives Hospice volunteers are an important part of the interdisciplinary team. Volunteers receive extensive training and support.

Myth 2: Hospice Volunteers are required to travel great distances.

Reality: It is the choice of the volunteer to determine what travel they will offer. There are likely many opportunities to volunteer within your own community. We take into account your special interests, skills and availability. Care Initiatives Hospice — Albia serves these communities and surrounding areas: Albia, Bloomfield, Chariton, Centerville, Corydon, Fairfield, Knoxville, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa.

Myth 3: Hospice volunteers only do patient care.

Reality: While volunteers that directly work with patients and their families are always appreciated, there are many other ways to volunteer. Some examples include performing office tasks, running errands, making meals, writing letters, working out of doors (mowing, yard work, shoveling) or performing light household tasks.

Myth 4: It is difficult to become a volunteer.

Reality: You may volunteer on a short- or long-term basis. Simply contact me to learn more about the application process by calling 641-932-3488 or emailing

Sheree Andrews