For faith based or community organizations to develop volunteer program to offer occasional respite for families of children with special health care needs, including a disability or chronic illness.
Funding, Training and Support
Take 5 is a project designed for faith based and community organizations to develop or expand a volunteer respite program for families of children with special health care needs, including a disability or chronic illness.
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Health is accepting applications from organizations for mini grants up to $5000.
If awarded, the organizations will recruit and train volunteers to support families of children and youth with special health care needs, including disabilities and chronic illness, by providing families with an occasional break from care giving. Training will take place in your region.
Faith based organizations such as churches, synagogues, or mosques and community organizations such as YMCAs, Community Centers and mentoring programs are encouraged to apply to successfully develop a program or expand an existing program.
Beginning as a pilot project in south central regions of Pennsylvania, Take 5 will eventually expand across the Commonwealth.
Faith based or community organizations are eligible to apply for Take 5 if...
- there are families of children with special health care needs, including a disability or chronic illness who are, or would like to be, involved in your organization?
- there are families of children with special health care needs, including a disability or chronic illness involved with your faith based or community organization who would like to be more included in their communities and receive the support that they need?
- your organization would like to receive help organizing and training volunteers to help families of children with disabilities get some much need relief from care giving.
- your organization would benefit from some additional resources to expand your current missions to become more inclusive of and support families of children with special health needs, including a disability or chronic illness.
What types of respite are being provided by TakeFIVE funded organizations? Currently, TakeFIVE organizations in Pennsylvania are using volunteers to provide respite in many ways!
- A summer vacation Bible school uses volunteers to provide one-to-one support to children with developmental disabilities and their siblings without disabilities.
- A YMCA sponsors a volunteer-run Friday night Teen Night for teens with autism and their peers.
- A church uses volunteers to provide respite during weekly religious services and quarterly "Date Night Fridays" for children with a variety of intellectual, neurological and emotional disabilities.
- A community group organizes respite breaks in their community by using volunteers to lead and supervise activity "Fun" days at the facility and outings into the community for children with emotional and behavioral disabilities and their siblings.
- A cultural center has expanded its current activities calendar to include more events for children with special needs and breaks for their family caregivers.
- A mentoring program trains and matches volunteers to provide a weekly visit of up to four hours to a child with special health care needs.
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This project is supported by a grant from the PA Department of Health.