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December 23, 2009

Helping Hands: Volunteer opportunities in and around Haverhill

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Beacon Hospice volunteers: Volunteers are needed to offer companionship, support and a helping hand to hospice patients. Volunteers can make a profound difference in a person's life whether it is a 15-minute visit, writing letters, playing music or just sitting quietly holding a patient's hand. Volunteers are an integral part of Beacon Hospice's team approach that focuses on comfort, dignity and peace for the patient and his or her family. Call Julie Herget at 1-800-981-4805.

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley: Volunteers are needed to be companions, shoppers or medical advocates who drive elders in Greater Haverhill to medical appointments throughout the Merrimack Valley and to Boston. Volunteers receive two hours of training, support and mileage reimbursement. Training is offered at Elder Services, which is located at 360 Merrimack St., Building 5, Lawrence. For more information about dates and times of trainings, call Gerry Proulx at 978-946-1445.

Volunteers needed to drive cancer patients: The American Cancer Society is in great need of Road to Recovery volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure patients receive treatments, but many find transportation arrangements a challenge. Drivers use their own vehicles to take patients to and from their treatments. The schedule for volunteers is flexible. Treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. For more information, please contact your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

VNA Care Network and Hospice: Volunteers are needed to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Volunteers receive training, supervision and support. For more information, call Nancy Barcelo, volunteer coordinator, at 1-888-663-3688 ext. 4271 or visit www.vnacarenetwork.org.

Haverhill Trails Committee: Looking for volunteers to help maintain Haverhill's network of trails and conservation areas. Most trail maintenance is done in the spring and fall, lasts for a few hours and usually does not require any heavy lifting. Tools are provided and attendance at all trail maintenance events is not required. To volunteer, contact the Haverhill Conservation Office at 978-374-2334 or conservation@cityofhaverhill.com.

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