Mike’s Place is a respite program for people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other types of memory loss. We also serve as a source of support and rest for caregivers. Our volunteers are essential in helping run the Mike’s Place program smoothly and successfully. From leading an activity to providing conversation to a participant we count on our volunteers to make the Mike’s Place program a welcoming and safe environment.
WHEN: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meals on Wheels Central Texas, 3227 E. 5th Street, Austin
A Typical Day at Mike’s Place
Mike’s Place starts the day with volunteers arriving at 9:00 am and participants arriving at 9:30 am. Volunteers give a warm welcome to incoming participants and assist them in settling into their seats. Breakfast is served by volunteers, which coincides with conversation time where buddies can play games and talk with their participant.
At Mike’s Place we have many activities we do to keep our participants active and engaged throughout the program. Buddies will assist/join participants in different activities such as:
- Pet Therapy
- Arts and Crafts
- Performances that include live jazz, sing along, theater performances, cooking demos, cultural presentations and more
- Chair exercises
- Chair games (balloon volleyball, ring toss, etc.)
After our activities we sit down for a free lunch provided by our central kitchen at Meals on Wheels. Volunteers assist in serving lunch and making sure their participant has everything they need. Last, but not least, after lunch we play Bingo, which buddies assist their participant in playing.
Participants then leave for the day and volunteers help clean up the room and we may have a short meeting afterword.
Quotes from Volunteers!
“My favorite thing about Mike’s Place is watching the participants connect to a music, a task, or other people. I love to see them genuinely smile at something that touches them.” - Pat Otto
“I love putting a smile on people’s faces, whether it’s because I am being silly, or because they’ve danced for the first time in a long time." – Tania Cutting
If you are interested in volunteering for this program please contact us here.
Before becoming a volunteer, we ask that you speak with a volunteer coordinator, fill out an application, provide copies of both your driver’s license and car insurance, and allow us to run a criminal and sex offender background check. You must also attend a short orientation session.