As you know, Respite Care Charleston will be offering a social day program for people with dementia on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. John’s Parish Church. This program provides therapeutic activities for participants, while at the same time giving their caregivers a much-needed break. We are super-excited about the growth of this program and have a number of ways that YOU can be involved!
We are currently looking for a few dedicated individuals who would be interested in joining us on Tuesdays. No experience necessary–just a willingness to have fun and a desire to bring smiles to our participants’ faces! As a program volunteer, you will sit and converse with participants, sing when they’re singing, play when they’re playing, and just be an extra set of eyes and ears for the paid professionals on site.
We are also seeking a couple of kitchen volunteers to assist us on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Kitchen volunteers aren’t responsible for providing meals, just for preparing/assembling them. We offer a morning snack in the am (coffee and a muffin), and a full meal during the noon hour. Having kitchen volunteers allows the staff to focus fully on the participants, which provides for a better overall experience for everyone.
Finally, if you have a talent that you’d be willing to share with our group, we want to hear from you! If you sing, juggle, play an instrument, tap dance, tell stories, stand on your head, whatever(!!!), we need your talent in our program! I promise you we are the most forgiving audience you’ll ever meet, and we love to have visitors entertain us!
Our program runs from 10 am to 1:50 pm each Tuesday and Thursday in Walton Hall. If you are interested in helping, we’d love to chat with you! If you’d love to help but don’t have the time, perhaps you’ll consider providing a meal for us on occasion. We’re an easy to please bunch with surprisingly small appetites!
If you would like more information about volunteering or would simply like to know more about Respite Care Charleston and its programs, please contact Jennifer Hartig by phone at 843-408-5243 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Submitted by Jennifer Hartig