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.
Events that Take 5 has funded so far include:
- Game night
- Movie night
- Summer camp
- Vacation Bible school
- Parent appreciation day
- Back to school barbecue
- Zoo adventures
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This project is supported by a grant from the PA Department of Health.