A letter From Helen:



Helen Howard, RN - Executive Director

Photo by: George Nama

Dec. 2019


Dear Friends of Respite Volunteers,


There are multiple ways that you can help sustain our program so that we may continue to serve persons asking for our help. The following describe ways that you can help our program serve your family and other caregiving families.


Thank you to everyone who helped us with our recent Fall Purse Party Bingo in Oct, especially our event sponsor Humana Licensed Sales Agent Terry Skidmore. Thank you to everyone who donated, provided food, and attended the event. Our Spring event is set for Thurs. April 23rd, 2020.


We are actually starting to prepare for the Respite Volunteer St. Patrick’s Party, which is Fri. March 13th, 2020 at D’Mar. Hemenway Business Service/ H & R Block is the $2000 Event Sponsor, Jackie Hurd & Memorial Healthcare are Pot of Gold Sponsors, Lynn Sanderson is a Rainbow Sponsor, & we have numerous Shamrock Sponsors. If you would like to commit to a sponsorship, please give our office a call.


#raiseUPshiawassee is the local version of Giving Tuesday, the global movement that taps into social media to make generosity go viral. This may not be a major source of funds now, but new donors are younger and tech-savvy, and this is a good way to build a connection with them. Importantly, we need to work together to create a tradition of giving with more people in our community. On Giving Tuesday- Dec. 3rd donations can be made to Respite Volunteers a variety of ways including through the #raiseUPshiawassee website www.unitedwaygenesee.org/raise-shiawassee


We sell gently loved purses & some other gift items at New & Used Unique Gifts on M-21, west of Delaney


We also thank all those that participated in the Rock-a-thon for Respite, in August at the Shiawassee Family YMCA. Rockers were: Stasia Reyna, Donna Nault (& substitute Susie Alpert), David Stechschulte Jr., Heather Brooks, Paula Harris, Carol Nama, Ruth Nick, Pat Elliott, Jackie Hurd, Marge Dery, Angela Nicholls, & Helen Howard. We received close to $9,000, and thank all our donors toward this event! Could you please commit now to helping with this event in August 2020?


We are seeking help with upcoming fundraisers & events this year; Fall Purse Party Bingo, Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate & Giving Tuesday, the Christmas/ New Year Giving Campaign. You can create facebook fundraisers for Respite Volunteers too, especially for your Birthday, or another special day, no matter where you live. We thank Dennis Rathbun for doing this recently! These are quite easy to set up. For fundraisers like this, donations can be made on-line to Respite Volunteers through facebook (there is no service fee to our agency, for donations this way), or through Paypal through our website: www.respitevolunteers.org . Or checks can be sent also.


Please think of our office for your Gift Shopping throughout the year. The following are available year round; Handmade Jewelry, Scarves, unique handcrafted Greeting cards, Vintage Glassware, Mary Ellen Geist’s book Measure of the Heart, framed art by Brian McGuire, crocheted ditems, baby blankets & sweaters & hats, vintage books, colorful prayer hawls and throws.


We have Hallmark, Gibson & DaySpring Greeting Cards for individual family members, special cards for persons in the service, and Birthday Cards also. We have lots of Christmas cards for sale, both boxed & individual cards.

We are asking for help with snow removal help and building maintenance and we are in hopes some people will consider being volunteer gardeners in the springtime too. We always need help clearing the roof valleys, gutters and downspouts.


We thank DayStarr Communications for once again choosing the Respite Volunteer office, and families we serve in the area for their DayStarr Give Back Day! And we thank Ron Schaar, David Stechschulte Jr., Harry Wilson, Justin Giffei, Bennie Pullen, for all their help already. On a nice weather day, this winter we will again need help cleaning out the roof valleys, gutters & downspouts on the top and lower level. We love the shade trees here, but they provide work that needs to be done also.


Please start collecting your Spartan Stores receipts (this includes VG’s receipts). Some Spartan stores are once again offering to donate $1,000 to nonprofits, once the receipts total $150,000. Our receipts already total $51,799, so ONLY $98,201 to go. Please help us! Thank you!


Please consider participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program to donate a portion of your total purchase to Respite Volunteers. Please register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. You will need to enter our Kroger non-profit number: 82422. You may call the number on the back of your Kroger card, and ask for your donations to be designated to Respite Volunteers.


Our Comfort Cookbook’s are on sale for $10.00, and are perfect for college students, Wedding Showers, and special birthday and anniversary gifts. Comfort Cookbooks are available at the following locations: Elliott’s Family Hairstyling, Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC, and our office.


Annual Membership donations are accepted at any time. The cost to the program of recruiting, and training volunteers, completing the new patient/family caregiver and basic home safety assessment, providing patient and family caregiver education, keeping up to date on all the options for senior and healthcare services, so that we may provide this information to patients, matching an appropriate volunteer and

supervising that volunteer, and program costs for a year is close to $500. If your family is receiving Respite Volunteer services, we hope you will consider donating and asking your extended family members to make donations to cover or partially cover the $500 expense to provide services to your family for the coming year.


To schedule a Respite Volunteer Training at a mutually convenient time, please give our office a call. Thank you to First United Methodist Owosso & Larry & Susie Alpert for hosting a training for our nonprofit in Oct.! We appreciate this very much. Our next scheduled Respite Volunteer Training is Wed. Dec. 4th from 9 am -12 noon at our office. Please call to register, or for more info. 989-725-1127.


Many of the churches that support Respite Volunteers have fundraisers scheduled now through Christmas, please support their events also.


Thank you so much for helping our program continue to serve others.


Helen Howard RN, Executive Director


WISH LIST
Sponsor a Respite Family $500

Locations and hosts or hostesses for our Volunteer Trainings –Jan. Feb. March……
Book: Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It, by Christian Seelos and Joahanna Mair
Volunteer Training Meal Sponsor $40 or to please supply & prepare and serve the food
Large Cooler on wheels
Canopy/Awning for Events
Need help cleaning out roof valleys and gutters
Help with Building Maintenance
Plain White Copy Paper
#10 & # 9 Plain White Envelopes, 3 5/8 in x 6 ½ in Envelopes
Postage Stamps, paper products, standard or energy efficient light bulbs
Retail Gift Cards to Purchase Office Supplies, and Building Maintenance Supplies;
Gift Cards or Gift Certificates from:
Home Depot, Gilbert’s, Springrove, WalMart, Meijer, Lamphere’s Plumbing & Heating

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