MONTHLY RESPITE PROGRAM
Once a month, West Market Church offers Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break to the Greensboro community. Buddy Break is a free kids program where kids with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, have fun playing games, hear and see great children’s stories, videos, music and more! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities usually for three hours. At least one nurse is always in attendance to assist us in taking the best care possible of your VIP. To see what Buddy Break is all about here at West Market Church, check out our video.
The next Buddy Break in Greensboro is just around the corner (see details below) and we need your help. Wondering how? Want to be involved? Being able to play can cross all ages and disabilities, that’s all that’s needed, no background required.
Can you help set up the Friday before BB?
Do you have tech skills you can lend?
Can you help with volunteers?
Can you help with the craft room during BB?
Do you have connections in town and willing to ask for various help from those connections?
Can you help make a craft or prepare a craft and all of the pieces needed?
Would you be willing to make some specific activities?
WHAT MAKES A GOOD VOLUNTEER?
If you range in age from 12 to 91
If your family wants to serve together
If you know anyone that might be interested in helping or in having their child(ren) attend Buddy Break
If you like to read
If you like to play
If you have a medical or educational background
There's something for everyone to do!
If your child would like to attend Buddy Break, you must reserve a spot. Contact Sarah Gray, our Buddy Break Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-560-3967).
West Market Church, A United Methodist Congregation in Greensboro NC
302 West Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401
Third Saturday of each month,
VIPs and siblings from 10:00am - 1:00pm
Volunteers needed from 9:00am - 1:00pm
Who are VIP kids?
VIPs are kids with special needs, which include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile. This program is for VIP children birth ages 2-21 years old, and their siblings 4 years old-5th grade.
Who are Buddies?
Buddies are anyone who can play. Buddies are friends of VIPs. No previous experience is necessary, just a loving heart and open arms. Buddies are volunteers who are at least 12 years of age and have been screened and trained through a two-hour “Buddy Training 101” class.