The Anoka County Family Caregiver Connection (FCC) is a network of services for caregivers and those for whom they care.  The network provides volunteer opportunities for Respite Providers.

The Respite Provider offers respite (a period of rest or relief) from caregiving responsibilities to those providing 24-hour, 7 day a week care.

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The Role of the Respite Volunteer

​A Respite Volunteer works along side other volunteers and is provided ongoing supervision by the Family caregiver Connection Coordinator. Volunteers share in conversation and fellowship with their companion which increases the companions' social ties and connections.

​Respite Volunteers:
  • Provide companion care
  • Develop friendships
  • Share their skills and time
  • Help the care recipient to remain at home
  • Volunteers assist with craft projects, simple games and movement activities.

To Become a Respite Volunteer

  • Call Family Caregiver Connection Coordinator at 763-324-1608 to request an information packet which includes: position description, brochure, training information and an application form.
  • Complete and return the application.
  • Complete a volunteer interview, reference and background check.
  • Complete volunteer training.
  • Choose from one of four Gathering locations.
  • Commit to a five hour shift twice a month 10 am - 3 pm.
  • Participate in ongoing training and support.
Respite Volunteers Do Not:
  • Give medications
  • Provide professional care

Respite ~ An interval of rest or relief

For a respite volunteer position description or more information on volunteering, call Jill Thomas at 763-324-1608 or Email Caregivers.


Benefits of Becoming a Respite Volunteer

  • You will be providing a meaningful contribution to a senior and their caregiver.
  • Satisfaction and feeling of self-worth knowing you have provided a caregiver with a much needed break.