The next Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee Volunteer Training is Monday, Oct. 3 in the Father Whelan Room, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 111 N. Howell St., in Owosso. 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 Volunteer Trainings 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 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 are 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 many different volunteer opportunities and to allow potential volunteers to try out volunteering with Respite Volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include helping in the office, helping with events, and serving adults with ongoing health needs and their care giving families, especially persons who are frail, elderly, and living alone. Respite volunteers typically spend one to three hours a week with the patient they are matched with in their own community and help as needed, depending on each patient 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, 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. A meal will also be provided to potential volunteers at the training.

Training offered by Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Karen Elford