Night of Respite & Sibs Night dates announced!

Times are from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Beloit Dates :

Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Friday, January 30, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015

Gaston Elementary School, 610 McKinley Ave
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Evansville Dates :

Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, January 9, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015

Evansville Youth Center, 209 First St.
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Janesville Dates :

Friday, September 19, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, January 16, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015

Emmanuel Church, 4224 Whilden Ct.
View Janesville Flyer

Attention Parents, Providers, Professionals:

Parents, are you looking for a respite provider? visit the online Respite Registry available at www.respitecarewi.org It's simple! Just click on the "Find a Provider" button and enter your information. An email will be sent to you with a link to access online profiles of providers right here in Rock County and the whole state of Wisconcin! Contact Respite Care Association of wisconsin for additional questions or concerns.

Volunteering FAQs

So you’re thinking about volunteering for Night of Respite?
Here are some frequently asked questions!

Q. How much time am I expected to commit?
A. This is totally up to you! There are three Nights of Respite a month, one each in Janesville, Evansville, and Beloit. Each night runs from 6-9, with volunteers needed from 5:30-9:15pm. Volunteers can help out at as many nights of respite as they can, for the time that they can.

Q. What is night of respite?
A. Night of respite is a service we provide for families of children with special needs. Parents sign their children up ahead of time to participate. On the night of respite, children with special needs and their siblings participate in crafts, games, snack, and other fun activities with their peers while their parents have a well-deserved break. Children with special needs are paired with their peers to engage in peer play during this time. Siblings are also separated into groups based on age. There is also a nursery area set up for children under 4. Each site is set up slightly different based on need.

Q. If I volunteer what would my responsibilities be?
A. Volunteers are set up with a group of children for the night. A schedule of activities is set up ahead of time, and all directions and materials are provided. There are usually at least 2 volunteers in a group (with a ratio of at least one volunteer to three children). New volunteers are paired with seasoned volunteers to learn routine. Children wear nametags, and there is always an extra set of hands around to help out. There are also junior volunteers (high-school students) that assist with activities as well.

Q. How long does night of respite last?
A. Night of respite take place on Friday nights and occur one Friday a month at each site. Night of Respite for the kids is from 6-9, however, we do ask that volunteers show up around 5:30p and stay until 9:15p to help with set up and tear down.

Q. What if I can’t commit the full 4 hours at my site?
A. We are flexible to your needs as well! If you can only commit to a certain part of the night, arrangements can be made. We have many volunteers that start at 6:30 or 7 due to work obligations, or need to leave at 8 for family obligations. Also, if you have a hobby or skill that you would be willing to do a particular activity that would be great! We would be interested in all sorts of entertaining activities such as magicians, musicians, or visits from therapy pets.

Q. Can I bring my children?
A. Of course! We just need to have that information ahead of time so we make sure there is enough volunteers per children. Also, teen children could participate as junior volunteers.

Q. How do I sign up to volunteer?
A. Go to our website www.rockcountyrespite.org and print off our volunteer form or friend us on Facebook (Respite Care) for updates on events and special programming.


We also provide opportunities for the parents in our program to participate in Café Connections. This program is intended to allow parents of children with special needs to gather and get some of their own needs met.

Q. When does Café Connections meet?
A. Café connections meets for six week intervals through-out the school year on Saturday mornings in Janesville and one Tuesday a month in Beloit.

Q. What types of volunteers are needed for Café Connections?
A. We will need volunteers for café connections to assist with providing childcare for the families who participate in our clients.

If providing child care might not be something you are comfortable with feel free to help us in other areas. We can always use volunteers in other areas such as with fundraising and marketing events. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.