Have you been touched by the efforts of an RSVP/VC volunteer?
Are you a participant in one of the many "Signature Programs" sponsored by RSVP/VC?
Has a family member, friend or neighbor used the many services RSVP & The Volunteer Center provides?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider RSVP/VC as a recipient of your charitable dollars. A tax deductible donation to RSVP/VC will allow us to continue to serve thousands of children and adults in our region. Your contribution will ensure that volunteers in our community can continue to respond to what needs to get done.
Volunteers make a difference every day. Check out how:
LITERACY AND SUCCESS IN SCHOOLS: 136 Foster Grandparents and RSVP volunteers tutored children in reading and other basic subjects, or read to them during breakfast programs and/or classroom visits, helping to reinforce and improve their basic subject skills. Volunteers also served as mentors and positive role models as they helped out in classrooms; assisted in school libraries; shared oral histories, hobbies, and special interests; worked with students on community service projects; assisted in spelling bees, and worked in after school enrichment activities.
FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER, BASIC NEEDS: 214 RSVP volunteers helped provide low income people with affordable clothing by washing, sorting, and selling clothing in thrift shops and by knitting, crocheting and sewing clothing items for children and the elderly through programs like Warm Hearts, Warm Hands. These items were distributed throughout Rutland/Addison counties to hospitals, schools, community cupboards, and nursing homes. Through RSVP's Operation Dolls & More, 98 RSVP volunteers gathered over 10,000 items including new and restored dolls, toys, books, games, etc. that were provided to 50+ organizations for distribution to deserving families. RSVP volunteers helped to feed people through soup kitchens, food shelves and distribution of surplus food.
OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT: 266 RSVP volunteers served as Exercise Trainers for the RSVP Bone Builders program. This innovative program provides strength training and balance exercises and education to area residents to prevent, reverse & alleviate osteoporosis. In 2012 834 individuals participated in 64 classes at 54 sites in Rutland/Addison counties.
INDEPENDENT LIVING: 246 RSVP volunteers helped older and disabled Vermonters to maintain their independence delivering “meals-on-wheels”; preparing meals for them; providing respite care, friendly visiting and telephone reassurance; brailling, running errands; taking them shopping; transporting them to appointments, adult day and nutrition programs, serving at adult day programs and providing tax counseling which served 1,078 seniors. 28 One-2-One volunteer drivers provided 13,280 rides to 360 individuals in Rutland County last year driving 223,659 miles.
SOCIALIZATION OUTREACH: 140 RSVP volunteers provided socialization and activity services to area senior housing projects, correction centers, nursing homes, and senior centers through friendly visits, entertaining with music and song, clowning, arts and crafts, reading group moderating, exercise programs, and other assorted activities.
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY & COMMUNITY SERVICE ENHANCEMENT: 265 RSVP volunteers served on boards, provided mailing preparation services, clerical and office assistance, business consulting and contributed to the success of over 150 non profit organizations.
HEALTH CARE: 111 RSVP volunteers promoted public health by assisting at preventive health care clinics; serving in hospitals, clinics, medical centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, Red Cross blood banks, and medical education.
ADULT EDUCATION AND LIBRARY SERVICES: 47 RSVP volunteers served in local and regional adult education programs such as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Ask The Doctor Program, computer class instructors, reading club moderators, etc. as well as in area libraries, allowing many of them to extend their hours and enabling staff to provide more direct services to local residents.
You can download and use the form provided or just send your check or money order made out to RSVP to:
RSVP/VC, 6 Court St., Rutland, VT 05701 in Rutland County or 48 Court Street, Middlebury, 05753 in Addison County
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