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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Sample Senior Companion Program Volunteer Assignment Plan

This document is provided as a sample only. Its use is optional by Senior Companion Programs and, if used, it should be customized as appropriate.

Easterseals Respite Services Registration Form

Sample registration form for people with a disability or special needs in a volunteer respite program.

Partnering with AmeriCorps Seniors to Support Respite and Workforce Development

Partnering with AmeriCorps Seniors to Support Respite and Workforce Development This meeting of the Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative focused on the AmeriCorps Seniors – Senior Companion Program and how it…

Respite in the Faith Community 2022

At a meeting of the ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative, we learned about approaches to recruiting faith-communities and a volunteer drop-in respite model in an Alabama faith-community. Doris…

Easterseals Child Model Publicity Release

Example from Easerseals

Respite Brochure for Faith Communities

From the South Carolina Respite Coalition

Sample Confidentiality Agreements for Information About Clients

These samples are provided for educational purposes only and should not be considered legal or other professional advice. The Nation al Council of Nonprofits encourages nonprofits to seek the advice…

Media Release for Child

Example from Gio’s Garden

Policy and Procedures for Volunteers

From the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The purpose of these policies and procedures is to provide overall guidance and direction to individuals serving as volunteers for the Department of…