Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County and Samaritan Hospice are teaming up to offer a variety of programs this month that seek to educate the public about hospice, palliative care, grief support, volunteer opportunities and hospice care for veterans.

Samaritan Hopsice, based in Marlton and serving Mercer County as well as Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic and Cape May counties, will lead various workshop this month at Mercer's County Connection location in Hamilton.

The first program, "The Rewards of Hospice Volunteering,'' introduces prospective volunteers to ways they can support hospice programs. Volunteers are needed in various areas, including visiting hospice families and patients, offering spiritual and bereavement support, providing office assistance, coordinating events and fundraisers, or serving as a community ambassador. The session for volunteers will be Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon.

On Jan. 24 from 1 to 2 p.m., Samaritan will discuss "Veterans' Hospice Services.'' Veterans can hear about special benefits available to them through their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits package.

Finally, on Jan. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m., Samaritan will offer a program aimed at helping Medicare recipients navigate their benefits: "The Medicare Hospice Benefit: A Well-Kept Secret.''

All three sessions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call County Connection at (609) 890-9800. County Connection is at Route 33 at Paxson Avenue in Hamilton, in the Acme Shopping Center.