What is the advantage to having committed, trained volunteers?
A mix of a professional and a volunteer staff makes for a great program. At Respite, both can be found. Relying heavily on volunteers, Respite is able to serve more participants than it could with a paid staff. As a result, scholarships are available to participants, and no one is denied participation on the basis of inability to pay. In addition, a volunteer staff allows for more members of our community from neighboring churches and synagogues to reap the rewards of volunteering with Respite. Our volunteers find this mission so rewarding, in fact, that most feel they are the ones benefitting from the relationships they build with the participants. And, perhaps most importantly, in Respite, the relationships are so personal and strong between volunteers and participants that one cannot often distinguish who is a volunteer and who is a participant.
Oftentimes, our participants have been great volunteers in our community and have lost their ability to give back to others due to memory loss. At Respite, we strategically pair participants so that their individual gifts are utilized, thus giving a sense of accomplishment and value.
Respite volunteers lead many different kinds one-on-one activities which are designed to stimulate and motivate everyone involved. Our volunteers are trained on building self-esteem amongst our friends. There are countless ways to be involved in Respite as a volunteer. If you are interested in sharing your individual gifts and talents through this remarkable program, contact Daphne Johnston at email@example.com.
2016 Respite Volunteers
Mary Ann Hannah