CORUNNA — Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee is hosting a volunteer workshop from 9 a.m. to noon May 21 at Care N Assist Corunna, 101 S. Shiawassee St.

The training is an opportunity to learn more about the program, and volunteer opportunities that are available. If this training date and location are not convenient, Respite will set up an individualized training at its office.

People interested in attending the workshop are asked to register in advance office@respitevolunteers.org or (989) 725-1127.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, including volunteering for a person with health/medical challenges in the volunteer’s own community, providing respite for the family caregiver, helping at the office in Owosso, helping with events, helping with special projects. Volunteer opportunities for helping in the office include; greeting guests, answering the phone, correspondence, filing, helping prepare newsletters, data entry, cleaning, yard work, maintaining the building, preparing for workshops and events and helping with fundraising. Volunteers to serve persons and their family caregivers are especially needed in Corunna, Owosso, Bancroft, Byron, and Durand.

The program serves adults who have ongoing health and medical challenges, especially if their family caregivers need respite volunteer services. The volunteer service is based on availability of volunteers for each community.

The largest need for volunteers is to be matched with and serve adults with ongoing health needs, and their caregiving families, and especially persons who are frail, elderly, and living alone. Respite volunteers typically spend one to three hours a week of time with the person they are matched with in their own community, and help as needed depending on each person and family caregiving situation.

The volunteers provide friendly visiting, play cards or board games, help the person with hobbies, and provide respite to the family caregivers. Volunteers willing to be matched with someone are needed throughout the county.

For additional information, visit respitevolunteers.org or the Respite Facebook page, call or stop by the office at 710 W. King St. in Owosso.

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