South Western Oklahoma Development Authority of Burns Flat is recruiting volunteers to protect the rights of many residents living in 22 nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The goal of an Ombudsman volunteer is to assist residents in a long-term care facility live a quality life and to be treated with dignity and respect. A free training for volunteers is scheduled for September 21-22 at the Western Technology Center located at 301 Western Drive in Elk City, Oklahoma. Training times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Please RSVP to Gail Wilcox, SWODA Ombudsman Supervisor, at (800) 627-4882.