Time to Volunteer?

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Helping Hands Respite Care Needs Your Help

Do you have time to volunteer? The Respite House is a very special, long-standing program of Helping Hands Respite Care.  It is a small bungalow which is used nearly every weekend of the year for four children with disabilities to come together for a weekend sleepover under the supervision of Helping Hands Respite Care professional care providers.  The Weekend Respite House program is one of the most popular and always has a waiting list.  The families who are lovingly vigilant for their loved ones get the benefit of 48 hours respite in order to rest and rejuvenate.


The Respite House was established 22 years ago and at the time was modified for handicap accessibility.  A lot has changed in that time and very little has been done to update the Respite House. It is long over-due for a face-lift.  That is where you come in as a volunteer. While we have some professionals lined up to upgrade the bathroom and do some needed window replacements and carpentry projects, we have a long list of activities in which volunteers could participate.

So Much To Do – Time to Volunteer

We have 18 days beginning August 22nd through September 8th to complete the Respite House Face-lift. We have designated 7 days for volunteer activities.

Friday – August 26

Saturday – August 27

Friday – September 2

Saturday – September 3

Tuesday – September 6

Wednesday – September 7

Thursday – September 8


Each day has two four hour shifts (8am to Noon and 1pm to 5pm) – 1 hour for briefing and orientation at the Helping Hands administrative offices at 201 Hillside Court in East Lansing, and 3 hours of work at the Respite House (You will be supplied with the address and parking instructions at the briefing).  To learn more about this volunteer opportunity here is a link with more details on the project:    http://www.helpinghandsrespite.org/respite-house-face-lift/


If you are good with any of the following tasks you could be part of our team:

  • Breakdown/Clearing for new construction
  • Yard work, Cleaning, and Organizing
  • Cleaning and Preparation for Painting
  • Painting Interior Walls and Trim
  • Painting/Waterproofing Basement Walls and Floors
  • Painting Exterior Doors and Handicap Ramp
  • Minor Repair Work and/or Installation of Window Treatments
  • Moving in and installing appliances

Can’t Volunteer? You Can Still Help

Please note that we are still fund-raising for this project, there are many things we can do with added funds to enhance the environment and experience of the Respite House program for the participants. So, whether or not you are able or interested in volunteering, you can help us with a gift of support.  The link for online donations is www.gofundme.com/respitehouse   We have been blessed with a promise from McLaren Greater Lansing that gifts will be matched, so anything you can give will be multiplied.


If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call Katie Donovan, Consultant to Helping Hands Respite Care 517-242-7355.