The next Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee Volunteer Training is Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Smith Hall at the Owosso First Church of the Nazarene, 1865 S. M-52. Volunteers for the Owosso and Corunna communities are especially needed right now. There are multiple volunteer opportunities; volunteering for a person with health/medical challenges in the volunteers own community, providing respite for the family caregiver, helping at the office in Owosso, helping with events, 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 Volunteer Trainings and events, and helping with fundraising.

The Respite 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 Respite Volunteer staff member for persons requesting the service, to assess the person, and their 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 the person and their family caregivers with patient and caregiver education about the many other senior and healthcare services that are available, that 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 training is designed to prepare volunteers for the many different opportunities at Respite, and to try out helping with other Respite Volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: helping in the office, helping with events, and to 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 of time 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.

For additional information, please see the website www.respitevolunteers.org or the Respite Volunteer facebook page, call (989) 725-1127 or stop by the office at the historic brick home east of Memorial Healthcare, 710 W. King St. in Owosso. The main entrance is on the parking lot side. Persons who are interested in taking the training are asked to register in advance office@respitevolunteers.org or (989) 725-1127. A meal will be provided to potential volunteers at the training also.

Owosso and Corunna Area Respite Volunteers Needed was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by Karen Elford