A letter From Helen:

Helen Howard, RN - Executive Director

Photo by: George Nama

October 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.

The tickets for the Thurs. Oct. 24th Fall Purse Party Bingo are on sale at our office, and from volunteers & board members. $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the event, if tickets are still available. For each bingo game, a specific purse of a retail value of at least $45 is the prize, 20 games paper bingo cards. Tie breaker, door prizes & snacks all provided. Adults only event at Knights of Columbus, Owosso. . Humana- Representative Terry Skidmore is the Event Sponsor for this event.

We are actually starting to prepare for the Respite Vollunteer St. Patrick's Party, which is Fri., March 13th, 2020 at D'Mar Banquet & Conference Center. Hemenway Business Service/H&R Block is the $2,000 Event Sponsor for the first time. Lynn Sanderson is a Rainbow Sponsor. If you would like to help with preparations for this event, please let us know.

#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.unitedwaygenesess.org/raise-shiawassee

We also thank all those that participated in the Rock-a-thon for Respite, on Aug. 14th on the lawn of 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 Laird, & Helen Howard. We thank all the donors. We have received almost $8,200 in so far. This is a wonderful fundraiser for Respite Volunteers, because we are not spending a lot of funds or staff hours to make this fundraiser a success.

We thank all our Sponsors, Golfers, Raffle Item donors, and Volunteer helpers at our Golf Scramble on Sat. July 20th at Corunna Hills Golf Course. Hemenway Business Service/ H & R Block was the Event Sponsor, & Jackie Hurd & A & B Lawn Care were our Major Sponsors. Please see our website for the entire list of sponsors.

We are seeking help with upcoming fundraisers this year; Fall Purse Party Bingo, and Giving Tuesday. You can create facebook fundraisers for Respite Volunteers too, especially for your Birthday, or another special day, no matter where you live. Call our office for more information, and if you need step by step help setting up a facebook fundraiser for Respite Volunteers.(Facebook does not currently charge any fees to the nonprofit, or the donor for these on-line fundraisers for nonprofits.)

Thank you Lori Chant and Ruth Nick for your recent Birthday facebook fundraiser. These are quite easy to set up, give our office a call if you would like more info on doing a fundraiser like this for Respite Volunteers. 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, Teapots, Mary Ellen Geist’s book Measure of the Heart, Fidget Aprons, framed art by Brian McGuire, crocheted dish clothes, baby blankets & sweaters & hats, vintage books, colorful prayer shawls 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 are asking for help with yard work and building maintenance and we are in hopes some people will consider being volunteer gardeners too. We always need help clearing the roof valleys, gutters and downspouts.

We thank Ron Schaar, David Stechschulte Jr., DayStarr Employees, Harry Wilson, Justin Giffei, Bennie Pullen, for all their help already. On a nice weather day, we need help cleaning out the roof gutters & downspouts on the top 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 $49,519, so ONLY $100,481 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 $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 Care N Assist of Corunna for hosting a training for our nonprofit in May! We appreciate this very much.

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

Helen Howard RN, Executive Director


Sponsor a Respite Family $450

Locations and hosts or hostesses for our Volunteer TrainiSept., Oct………

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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