Volunteer respite program

Our Volunteer Respite Program strengthens families with children with special health care needs by giving the parents or caregivers a much needed break through respite events and other supportive activities, such as virtual buddies, throughout the year. There is no cost for the program. The program is made possible through United Way and private funders and the support of our many community volunteers.

Respite events

Volunteer Respite Program events are attended by children with special health care needs and their siblings, age 0 to 12. While the children are enjoying a fun day of activities, their caregivers can use the time to engage in activities to help reduce stress, and strengthen relationships in and outside the family.

Events are held throughout the year at various locations, in collaboration with our community partners and volunteers. Our volunteers range from high school age students to older adults- all who share an interest in strengthening our families and the community. Volunteers are matched with children at events to provide supervision and support in engaging in activities available at the event. Nursing staff are on-hand for all toileting and medical needs.

Virtual respite buddies

Virtual buddies provides an opportunity for community volunteers and children in the program to connect through virtual visits. It is another source of community connection for our families that can be utilized throughout the year, in addition to events that are scheduled.

Are you interested in volunteering with the program?

Are you a parent interested in enrolling in the program?

Program staff may be reach at 414-292-4161 or volunteerrespite@childrenswi.org

Family Resource Centers

Antigo - (715) 627-1414
Janesville - (608) 314-9006
Marshfield - (715) 387-2729
Merrill - (715) 539-9228
Rhinelander - (715) 361-6300
Wausau - (715) 848-1457

Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center

(414) 266-3169

Home visiting

Antigo - (715) 627-1414
Black River Falls - (715) 284-3001
Eau Claire - (715) 835-5915
Janesville - (608) 314-9006
Madison (KinderReady) -
(608) 442-4170
Merrill - (715) 539-9228
Milwaukee - (414) 453-1400
Rhinelander - (715) 361-6300
Stevens Point - (715) 341-6672
Wausau - (715) 848-1457

Other services

Parent Education (Milwaukee) -
(414) 453-1400

Parenting Classes (Portage County) - (715) 341-6672

Respite Care (Milwaukee) -
(414) 453-1400