Respite Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Larimer County that provides short-term care for children with developmental disabilities, giving respite to parents and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family. Respite Care believes that a child with a disability is a child first and his or her challenges are secondary.
With this mission and philosophy in mind, Respite Care strives to create an interactive and safe environment that meets the physical and emotional needs of each individual child.
Global Leaders participants volunteer at a monthly event run through Respite Care called Respitality. Respitality is offered to parents of children with special needs and their siblings, and provides parents a little break from child care, with the comfort of knowing that their children are safe. The four hour long evening includes activity stations for the kids including: an interactive snack, craft projects, and playtime in the gym. GL volunteers are paired one-on-one with each child attending Respitality so that everyone has their very own buddy and personal attention.
Irish Elementary School
Poudre High School students travel to Irish Elementary, each week, where they are paired with a reading buddy. For one hour a
week, these mentoring relationships focus on reading literacy through games, shared reading, and simple conversations. Throughout the school year, GL students read with the same buddy and can choose to read in either English or Spanish.
In 2011, Global Leaders awarded one of its first Student Action Grants to GL alums that want to expand this mentoring program beyond GL students as the only volunteers. These alums are working feverishly with their high school student colleagues and GL staff to create and execute a plan that would grow the number of mentors and buddies.
Additionally, 2011 GL mentors and Irish buddies will create a pen-pal program with students of the primary schools Global Leaders has constructed in Guatemala. This opportunity will allow students to communicate and connect with their counterparts in Central America while simultaneously providing an invaluable opportunity to work on reading, writing, communication, and linguistic skills. Stay tuned for snippets of GL Pen Pal letters!
Mulberry Community Gardens
Mulberry Community Gardens is a nonprofit organization in Fort Collins, Colorado founded in the mission to educate and engage the community through hands-on, organic gardening opportunities for youth and adults;
to provide an inclusive and community-centered environment to share information, materials, plants and technical assistance; and to practice and promote a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” philosophy to carry out all of our objectives. They are a cooperative design where all are encouraged to participate in growing food, helping neighbors, and inspiring others to become more involved with their natural surroundings.
Global Leaders participants spend three days in the spring volunteering at Mulberry Community Gardens. Their hands-on participation is in the garden, and tasks range from: starting seeds, tilling and turning soil, building irrigation, planting, watering, and weeding.