Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee

Our missionA gift of time and caring support to adults with persistent health needs and their families.
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Ways to help

Office Help

1. Work with staff members, and other volunteers as instructed. 2. Includes composing correspondence, organize and maintain files, track volunteer time sheets, track patient and caregiver data, greet visitors and callers, handle their requests and direct them to the appropriate person according to their needs. 3. Operate office equipment such as computers, copiers and phone systems. Experienced with Microsoft Office Suite a plus but not needed 4. Research the internet for any necessary information when needed. 5. Getting the newsletters ready to be mailed and sent out. 6. Other special projects
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Fundraising Event Support

1. Work with staff members, event committee members, and other volunteers as instructed. This is especially important if the event requires a State of Michigan Lottery License, such as the Purse Party Bingo, or a raffle. 2. Prepare for the event. Consider what you might want to bring with you. Be familiar with the services we offer and how others could help. For example: if you are helping at an information booth, be able to describe our services, take down the person’s name and number if they are interested in receiving a call from the office, and know when the next Respite Volunteer Training will be held. Staff will send basic information to have at the booth.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Church Liason

1. Work with the clergy to identify and reach out to the caregivers and care recipients in the church family who are possibly in need of respite and/or education about additional senior and healthcare services available. 2. With the pastor, recruit volunteers from all adult age groups within the Church, and among friends of the church. 3. Use Respite Volunteer staff for information concerning community resources, the library etc. 4. Be responsible to, and report on the efforts of the church to the Executive Director, as well as to the pastor and Church Secretary about Respite Volunteer information. *(many church secretaries allow RVS to send e- mail updates of Volunteer Trainings and RVS events to be included in church newsletters and bulletins)
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpWe continue to emphasize the importance of recruiting and training new volunteers to help fulfill the demand for respite services. These additional volunteers help shorten our waiting list and increase the number of patients we are able to serve in a timely manner.
About usThe respite provided will hopefully lift some of the burden from the shoulders of loving, giving families for a brief time. Thus, enabling them to return to their loved one rested and renewed to resume care.
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