Rotary Summer Respite Care Program
For over twenty years the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has provided a Summer Respite Care Program that recognizes that Clarington families who have children with special needs.
For over twenty years the Rotary Club of Bowmanville has provided a Summer Respite Care Program that recognizes that Clarington families who have children with special needs deserve some respite, especially during the summer months when children are not in school. Major funding for the program is provided by both the Government of Canada’s Student Summer Jobs Program and the Bowmanville Rotary Club.
The program employs college and university students to spend quality one-on-one time with the special needs children providing them with companionship as well as educational, recreational, and social activities. The care givers are equipped with a “toy box” of books, toys, games, and other activities designed to engage the children. Using funds provided by the Rotary Club, they also participate in outings to local entertainment venues such as the movies, the Courtice Community Centre, Cedar Park, Joey’s World and others.
In addition to the Summer Respite Program, the families enrolled in the program are invited to a Christmas Party in early December. Pizza, hot dogs, and a turkey dinner are served and the children are entertained with face painting and a children’s entertainer. And, of course, Santa always arrives with gifts for all the girls and boys.
The three major advantages of the program are the respite time provided to the parents, the friendships developed between the children and the care givers, and the career related summer employment experienced by the student care givers. This is truly a win-win program.
This year the Rotary Summer Respite Care Program hopes to employ five students to provide respite care for approximately forty special needs children. In addition to a grant from the Canada Summer Jobs Program, our anticipated funding requirement will be about $20,000. That is where you can help through a small donation.
This is Rotary. Serving our community through “Service Above Self”. Thank you for supporting us.