Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking mature, compassionate adults from New Canaan to serve as Samaritan Volunteers, who help homebound patients with transportation needs, such as driving to doctors' appointments, running errands or picking up groceries and medical supplies.

Samaritan Volunteers use their own vehicles to help support patients and their family members or caregivers and provide them with greater independence and improved quality of life.

"This program appeals to individuals who feel a genuine desire to help their neighbors," said Chris Urpin, volunteer coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "These volunteers are special people who recognize that there is a tremendous need among those in the community who are not able to care for themselves at home without assistance. Samaritan Volunteers give of their time to help our patients remain in their own homes safely so that they can enjoy a better quality of life."

Those who are interested may register to participate in a two-session training course, which runs for a total of eight hours, and is scheduled for Monday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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The training sessions will be conducted at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital at I-Park, 761 Main Ave.

Volunteers will learn about Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and its policies, safety issues, different types of diseases and how best to accommodate patients within the scope of the program. Volunteers are provided with ongoing support and supervision by the volunteer coordinator.

For information or to register, call 203-834-6341, ext. 316, or visit