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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Optimal Hospice and its foundation work to serve the needs of terminally ill patients and their families, and carries out its mission with the help of volunteers.
And the organization welcomes more, Optimal Hospice Foundation director Cherie Shoemake said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
The hospice provides medical care. But that's not all -- it also focuses on providing emotional, practical and spiritual support to the dying and their families.
Shoemake said the foundation assists with bereavement. The annual kids camp to help children dealing with loss just wrapped up. And grief support groups for both children and adults are ongoing.
Volunteers can help on the nonprofit side with everything from donating a few hours of work at an event such as the upcoming golf tournament to data entry, or on the hospice side by sitting with those in hospice care so their families can carry out tasks as simple as grocery shopping.
Shoemake said the hospice also seeks professional volunteers who can offer services such as a haircut to a hospice patient.
The Golf in the Sun & Under the Stars golf tournament takes place Sept. 20 at Stockdale Country Club. Call 716-8000 for details.