Volunteer Respite Manual: Creating Valuable Options for Family Caregivers

Drawing on the experience in volunteer services among ARCH network members, ARCH’s recognized Innovative and Exemplary respite services, and Lifespan Respite grantees and their partners, this step-by-step manual will help national, state and community-based programs and faith-based initiatives assess needs, plan, and implement volunteer respite programs with special guidance on providing volunteer services during a pandemic. It will also assist Lifespan Respite grantees and partners in building respite capacity through volunteer training and recruitment. Topics include: program planning and operations; volunteer recruitment, training and management; performance measurement; policies and procedures; liability and insurance; and marketing. You can download the manual...
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As you explore the ARCH Volunteer Respite Manual, you may find that you need additional resources and information to help you plan or implement your community volunteer respite program. We have gathered samples of job descriptions, volunteer application forms, orientation checklists, volunteer interview questions, background check forms, reference forms, policies and procedures, training resources and more. This list of resources will continue to be updated and new resources added as they become available.

Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Models

To find examples of volunteer and faith-based respite services, visit ARCH's Innovative and Exemplary Respite Services, and the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative.

See also ARCH's Respite and the Faith Community and Volunteer Respite: Roadmap to Resources.

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Arkansas Information for Volunteer Respite Provider

The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is pleased to offer this guide that may help alleviate some of the worries associated with taking a break from stressful and strenuous daily caregiving…

Conversations on Caregiving – Flooding the airways with kindness

Podcast 3 – Flooding the airways with kindness.     In this third podcast in the ARCH Series, Conversations on Caregiving, educator Sharon Leary talks about a multidisciplinary, undergraduate university-based respite…

CareBreak Volunteer Reference Form

CareBreak program volunteers provide respite to families with children who have a disability. Once matched with one particular family, the volunteer goes into the family’s home on a weekly basis…

Media Release for Child

Example from Gio’s Garden

CareBreak Respite Volunteer Application

From the CareBreak Respite Program at the Watson Institute

Volunteer Respite – Putting the Pieces Together: Implementation from Recruitment to Matching

Many statewide Lifespan Respite grantees and partners are interested in increasing the availability of and connecting family caregivers to volunteer respite providers. Learn how to support the development of evidence-based/evidence-informed…

Volunteer Program Sample Code of Ethics

This code of ethics governs the performance of the (Sponsoring Organization’s) officers, employees, board members, volunteers, and agents, (representatives) engaged in the administration of contracts supported by Federal assistance. Any…

Timebanking for Respite: Communities Supporting Caregivers

ARCH hosted this webinar with the BREAK Exchange. Timebanking is a time-based currency. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one time credit. You can use the credits in…

Initial Cover Letter: Example from Gio’s Garden

Thank you for your interest in Gio’s Garden. This letter will give you more information about who qualifies for our services, and the process that you will go through to…