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The Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care program is taking applications for those wanting to join the 150 active volunteers providing companionship and other types of support to terminally ill patients throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan.

Volunteers are the heart of hospice. They help by offering non-medical services such as visiting or calling on a patient or family member, providing friendship, shopping and running errands, preparing meals, taking walks with the patient or family member, listening to patients’ stories, and relieving caregivers.

They also provide bereavement support to family members following the death of a loved one. Volunteers can also help with administrative tasks in our borough offices. Even an hour a week makes a difference in the life of a hospice patient.

The next 10-hour training session will take place on five consecutive Thursday evenings, September 4, 11, 18, 25, and October 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Manhattan Hospice office at 1250 Broadway at 32nd Street. A written application and personal interview are required.

For Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx volunteer opportunities, contact Janeen Thompson, 718-888-6967 or email her at

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