Margie and Walt Meal, and their respite volunteer, Diane Horn./Angela Nicholls
The next Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee Volunteer Training Workshop will be Thurs. Oct. 10th from 9 am to 12 noon at First United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Water St. Owosso. The training is an opportunity to learn more about the program, and volunteer opportunities that are available.
There are multiple volunteer opportunities; 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, helping with special projects.
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.
The largest need for volunteers is to be matched with and serve adults with ongoing health needs, and their caregiving 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 caregiving 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.
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. Persons who are interested in attending the workshop are asked to register in advance firstname.lastname@example.org or 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. And Employers wanting to provide information to their employees, who are also family caregivers may also call to schedule presentations, and meetings.
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