VNA & Hospice Seeks Hospice Volunteers in Rutland and Bennington

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is offering training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers.

Bennington Office

Begins Thursday, March 2 from noon-3pm. The nine-week session will be held on Thursdays at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Seminar Room at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington.

Pre-registration is required. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health care experience is required.

For more information or to enroll call Mary Pleasant at 802.442.0540 or email at marypl@ravnah.org


Rutland Office

Begins Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. The four-week session runs every Thursday and Saturday, with Saturday sessions from 9am-noon. Training will conclude on Saturday, April 15.The training course will be held at the Rutland office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region on Seven Albert Cree Drive in Rutland.

Pre-registration is required. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health care experience is required.

For more information or to enroll call John Campbell at 802.770.1683 or email at jcampbell@ravnah.org


Hospice volunteers provide comfort and support to patients facing terminal illness, as well as respite and support to their families. Volunteer training covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss. Hospice volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and in using appropriate words to comfort patients and their loved ones at the end of life.

After completing the class, volunteers can provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, run errands and help families and patients in many meaningful ways. Community members are encouraged to join the VNA’s supportive and rewarding Hospice volunteer program where they can contribute their unique interests, skills, and talents.