Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking mature, compassionate individuals from Darien to serve as patient support volunteers, who visit homebound adults experiencing loneliness, personal loss, bereavement, life transitions or chronic illness and provide companionship and counseling for one hour a week.

"The program's goal is to help individuals maintain a sense of independence and remain active and connected to their communities," said Chris Urpin, volunteer coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "In most cases, these one-on-one relationships develop into special, long-lasting friendships.

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"The patient support volunteer program is an ideal opportunity for active adults who wish to volunteer their time in a meaningful way. It provides the chance to give back to the community and establish personal connections that are vital and rewarding."

A three-session training course takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 21-23, at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Suite 114, Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital at I-Park, 761 Main Ave., Norwalk.

For information or to register, call Chris Urpin at 203-834-6341, ext. 316.