By Christine Vinciguerra for The Island Connection
When Maryanne Connelly was searching for volunteer opportunities through Kiawah Cares, she found Respite Care Charleston to be the perfect fit! Born in Brooklyn, Connelly then moved with her family to Maplewood, NJ. She spent a majority of her life working as a Human Resources executive. Later in her life, she pursued a career as a special education teacher and, most recently, as a sales representative.
Connelly moved to Kiawah Island in 2016. She and her husband, Ed, were attracted to the island due to its proximity to Charleston’s rich history, arts, and dining. Kiawah Island is also a great location for Connelly to engage in some of her favorite activities, such as golfing and exercising.
After her move to the area, Connelly fulfilled her desire to contribute to her community by volunteering with Respite Care Charleston. Connelly is a weekly, program volunteer who socializes with participants and assists them with engaging activities. Due to Connelly’s caregiving experiences with her own mother, she realized the need for respite programs like RCC and felt a connection to caregivers who had to watch the decline of their loved ones. She says that, “by giving the caregivers a few hours of relief, [she] is contributing to the quality of their lives.” Not only does Connelly’s volunteer work help caregivers, but she also regularly brings smiles to the faces of RCC participants.
Respite Care Charleston is a non-profit organization committed to serving families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. We have a social day program for individuals with dementia each Tuesday and Thursday in Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish Church.
If you would like more information about volunteering with RCC, please contact Christine Vinciguerra at christine@ respitecarecharleston.