The following agencies seek volunteers:

The VNA Health Group is offering training for all individuals interested in becoming hospice volunteers in several counties throughout New Jersey. Training will be provided by members of the VNAHG Hospice team on three consecutive Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in VNA Health Group, 23 Main Street, Suite D., Holmdel. Volunteers must attend the three sessions. To register, call Pauline De Palma at 632-224-6933. For more information about VNAHG volunteer services, visit

The VNA Health Group is also offering hospice volunteer trainings in its Ocean County office located at 1433 Hooper Ave., Suite 230, Toms River. The trainings will be held on the following Thursdays: Sept. 7, 14, 21 and Oct. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. Volunteers must attend the four sessions. To register, contact Colleen Del Valcchio at 732-592-3622.

CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties, which is a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline, will offer a six-week training class for telephone volunteers starting Sept. 12. Classes will be held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Toms River area. CONTACT is a free and confidential service that has been assisting with the needs of individuals throughout the community since 1975 by providing a safe place for callers to talk about their problems with anonymity. Volunteers are trained in active listening skills. It is recommended that they be at least 18 years of age and have the desire to successfully complete the training course. Information and referral are provided when requested. For additional training information, call 732-240-6104