TEEN VOLUNTEERS CAN APPLY FOR NEW MENTOR PROGRAM AT THE ALIVE CENTERPN EDITORTUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016
Above / The Alive Center is located at 500 West 5th Avenue, behind Naperville North High School off Mill Street.
In collaboration with Respite Endowment Organization, the Alive Center in Naperville has announced a new program for parents of children with special needs, ages 14 and under.
Alive Center offers workshops, classes, events, private or group coaching and NaperBridge Teen Programs.
The new initiative, REOrg Respite Program, enlists teen volunteers during one Sunday afternoon per month, for three hours, to provide parents with a much-needed rest break. Along with staff, Teen Care Mentors will volunteer to participate in interactive activities with the children to create a fun, safe and inclusive environment.
Caring Teen Mentor Volunteers will provide one-on-one oversight while parents take an afternoon “time out,” according to Becky Pundy, founder of Respite Endowment Organization, a nonprofit service agency dedicated to providing rest gifts, education and opportunities to parents of children with special needs.
Kandice Henning said the idea started at an Exchange Club of Naperville Allocations Luncheon earlier this year.
“We have the space and we’re eager to see it filled,” said Hemming. “We hope to be the hub for teen and youth activities. And Becky’s idea for the respite program seems like a perfect fit.”
Teen Care Mentor Requirements & Training
Pundy added, ” We are so grateful for the grant Rotary Downtown endowed us.”
To learn more about the application, reference requirements and to receive a volunteer handbook, contact Becky Pundy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about REOrg, visit respiteendowment.org.
The Alive Center is located at 500 West 5th Avenue, behind Naperville North High School off Mill Street.
To inquire about available space at the Alive Center, contact Henning at (630) 778-6093.