The next Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee volunteer workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Shaftsburg United Methodist Church, 12821 Warner Rd. in Shaftsburg. The workshop is an opportunity to learn more about the program and available volunteer opportunities. Lunch will be provided to those participating.

There are multiple volunteer opportunities, including volunteering for a person with health/medical challenges in the volunteer’s own community, providing respite for the family caregiver, helping at the office in Owosso, helping with events and helping with special projects.

Volunteer opportunities for helping in the office include: greeting guests, answering the phone, answering questions, filing, helping prepare newsletters, data entry, correspondence, cleaning, yard work, maintaining the building, preparing for workshops and events and helping with fundraising.

The program serves adults who have ongoing health and medical challenges, especially if their family caregivers need respite volunteer services. The volunteer service is based on availability of volunteers for each community. A home visit is completed by a Respite Volunteers case manager for persons requesting the service, to assess the person, the family caregiver and basic home safety in order to establish the person and family is eligible, offer suggestions and be able to choose a compatible volunteer to be matched. Staff members also provide patient and caregiver education about the many other health, home care and senior services that are available, which may further stabilize the person being able to remain at home. Volunteers primarily provide friendly visiting, and respite (a gift of time) to 24/7 family caregivers.

The largest need for volunteers is to be matched with and serve adults with ongoing health needs, and their care giving families, and especially persons who are frail, elderly and living alone. Respite volunteers typically spend one to three hours a week with the person they are matched with in their own community, and help as needed depending on each person and family care giving situation. The volunteers provide friendly visiting, play cards or board games, help the person with hobbies and provide respite to the family caregivers. Volunteers willing to be matched with someone are needed throughout the county, but especially in Durand, Bancroft, Byron, Lennon, Laingsburg, Morrice, Shaftsburg and Corunna.

For additional information, please visit www.respitevolunteers.org, call (989) 725-1127 or stop by the office at the historic brick home at 710 W. King St. in Owosso. The main entrance is on the parking lot side. Persons who are interested in attending the workshop are asked to register in advance by emailing office@respitevolunteers.org or calling the office at (989) 725-1127. Adults with health and medical challenges, and their family caregivers, may also contact Respite Volunteers to request an evaluation to receive services.

Respite Volunteer Workshop Offered in Shaftsburg was last modified: February 19th, 2018 by Karen Elford