Volunteers wanted for end-of-life planning project in Whatcom County


A nonprofit that has started a project to help adults in Whatcom County plan end-of-life choices is seeking volunteers to help with the effort.

Volunteers will be trained to guide individuals and families in discussing goals, values and beliefs for future health care decisions, according to a news release from Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement.

WAHA needs volunteers who live outside of Bellingham and/or speak one of the prevalent non-English languages in the county, including Spanish, Punjabi and Russian. Those fluent in American Sign Language also are needed.

The organization has launched the End of Life Choices project, which encourages adults to plan for end-of-life care, normalize conversations about how they want to die, and increase the number of written plans known as advance directives in the community.

Details are at whatcomalliance.org/volunteer, or contact Project Manager Julianne Dickelman at 360-788-6526 or waha.acp@hinet.org.

Reach KIE RELYEA at kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2234.

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