A letter From Helen:

Helen Howard, RN - Executive Director

Photo by: George Nama

June 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.

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.

Thank you for all the support toward our Spring Purse Party Bingo on May 2nd. Our Fall Purse Party Bingo is Thurs. Oct. 24.th. Tickets are likely to be available 6 weeks in advance of the event. Tickets will be $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the event, if tickets are still available.

Our Golf Scramble is Sat. July 20th at Corunna Hills Golf Course. Let us know if you would also like to commit to a sponsorship in 2019. Hemenway Business Service/ H & R Block is the Event Sponsor. The sooner persons or businesses commit to this, the sooner we add this information on our website and initial flyer and to press releases.The flyer is included in all future Golf Thank you letters too.

We are seeking help with our upcoming fundraisers this year; Golf Scramble, Rock-a-thon for Respite, Fall Purse Party Bingo, and Giving Tuesday. You can create facebook fundraisers for Respite Volunteers too, especially for the Rock-a-thon for Respite and Giving Tuesday, 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 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.

We thank you for the many membership donations received since our Spring Newsletter was mailed, and the Christmas and End of the Year donations, including the very generous donation in memory of our former volunteer Elizabeth Smith of Durand, and the very generous donation from Richard & Sue Dunn of St. Johns. Donations can be on-line 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 to our office.

Please consider sharing our #raiseUPshiawassee posts and any other Respite Volunteer posts on facebook. This helps us very much to reach more people, so more people understand what our program provides, and how persons can help.

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 David Stechschulte Jr., DayStarr Employees, Bennie Pullen, Harry Wilson, Justin Giffei, Baker College Human Services Students and the Compassion Team of Owosso First Church of the Nazarene for all their help already. We thank Ron Schaar for all the help here at the office too. On a warm spring 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. Only $113,000 to go. 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 $450. 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 $450 expense to provide services to your family for the coming year.

You may know that Respite Volunteers was the recipient of a beautiful RV Motor Home, that we were able to show and actually sell in December of 2010.So please remember Respite Volunteers in estate planning, and for large donations.We are also encouraging donations to the Gweneth Osborne Endowment for Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee through the Shiawassee Community Foundation.

We are giving away the medical equipment stored in our garage & basement to persons and families that need this equipment, standard walkers, and crutches. Families do not have to be receiving our services for the free equipment.

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 Trainings –June, July.….

Volunteer Training Meal Sponsor $40 or 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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