WESTMINSTER >> With the goal of increasing the pool of volunteers available in the Greater Falls area, Brattleboro Area Hospice will offer its Spring Volunteer Training at the Westminster Institute on Route 5 in Westminster beginning on March 16 and ending on May 25. Sessions will be held 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Application deadline is March 4.

Throughout Windham County hospice volunteers aid neighbors and their families who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Help may range from errands to gardening to emotional and physical support. Volunteers report that the work is challenging and very rewarding. Training topics include hospice philosophy, nuts and bolts of volunteering, ethical issues, personal attitudes toward death and dying, and grief issues among others. Presenters include professionals from the community as well as Hospice staff and volunteers.

For more information or to request and application, call Brattleboro Area Hospice at 802-257-0775 or 802-460-1142 in the Bellows Falls area. A $40 contribution is requested (but not required) for placement in the training to help cover the cost of materials.

Brattleboro Area Hospice is an independent, community-based, non-profit organization that provides grassroots, volunteer-staffed programs to supplement and provide alternatives to the professional services utilized by dying and grieving community members.

Brattleboro Area Hospice is locally funded and provides all services free of charge. Its office is located at 191 Canal Street in Brattleboro. Programs and services are also delivered in the Bellows Falls community. For more information visit www.brattleborohospice.org.