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Contributions Made by the RSVP Program

 
 

 

RSVP members in Clay, Effingham, Moultrie, and Shelby counties serve their communities in a myriad of ways. Schools in each county use volunteers to assist with reading activities, write letters (pencil pals), mentor students, and help in school libraries. These intergenerational opportunities make a difference in the lives of students who need additional reinforcement with their education and are very rewarding to the volunteers as well. Also, special school programs and events such as Grandparents Day activities offer other unique opportunities in which volunteers share their life with a child and help bridge the generation gap prevalent in society today.

RSVP volunteers make and distribute items for low-income and at-risk people in the area. They make items for young children such as quilts to use in preschool classrooms. Other items include book bags, painting shirts, and specialty items as requested. In additioin, lap robes are made for elderly residents in each of the counties. These are available through the local CEFS Outreach Offices, veteran's agencies, county health departments, nursing homes, and other community service agencies that serve handicapped, disabled, and needy persons upon request. Afghans, lap robes, wheel chair/walker caddies and other comfort items are made and provided for the veteran hospitals at Danville and Marion each year.

Visiting and assisting elderly residents in nursing homes and healthcare facilities is another community service activity. RSVP members talk with residents, assist them in writing letters, read to them, and listen to their concerns. Programs such as The Friendly Visiting Program and The Telecall Program provide support services and help ensure safety of individuals who wish to remain living independently in their homes as long as possible.

Other services that volunteers assist with include senior nutrition services, management of food pantries, operation of thrift stores, and provision of transportation. Volunteers perform many volunteer roles including helping organize food drives, sort and repair items for thrift shops, transport seniors to medical appointments, assist with blood mobiles, assist with cancer drives and flu clinics, and promote special events and activities.