RSVP Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of St. Mary’s County Providing Meaningful and Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities For Seniors 55+ Years of Age
RSVP Senior Volunteers Promote Healthy Futures, Independent Living, & Aging Well Through Volunteer Services to Our Community
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program • RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a national program for senior volunteers which includes the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs. • Senior Corps is federally funded and administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
RSVP Renewed Again! • Our RSVP Project was just awarded a new three-year federal grant, effective April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019, following a recent grant renewal application. • Our grant application was evaluated as “Excellent,” and we want to congratulate all our volunteers who contribute so much to our program’s success!
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program • Our local RSVP has been sponsored for more than 30 years by the Department of Aging – now the Department of Aging & Human Services. • Throughout this entire time, we’ve enjoyed the support of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County who provide matching local funds for our program. • Our County Commissioners also show their support by attending our annual RSVP Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony and Awards Banquet. • We offer our heartfelt appreciation to our Commissioners for all of their support over the years!
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program “It Takes a Team of RSVP Senior Volunteers to Serve Our Community.” A TEAM OF SENIOR VOLUNTEERS
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program • Currently, almost 300 senior volunteers age 55 and above are enrolled in RSVP of St. Mary’s County. • Our volunteers are serving in important volunteer assignments with local county agencies, non-profits, and community groups through RSVP Partnerships, also known as RSVP Volunteer Stations. • RSVP currently has 30 Volunteer Stations where our volunteers serve.
Friendly Visitation Volunteers RSVP Volunteers provide friendly visitation services to persons in Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and local nursing homes. The individual attention, companionship, and listening ear they provide help to prevent feelings of loneliness and isolation while promoting healthy social integration and feelings of connectedness and self-worth. RSVP Volunteer Michael Kolenick & His Dog, Bobbie
Senior Rides Volunteers RSVP Senior Rides Volunteers utilize their own vehicles to provide door-to-door transportation services for homebound seniors, helping them get to doctor’s appointments, pharmacies, and other medical services. This volunteer effort helps homebound seniors get the health services they need to remain living independently in their own homes. RSVP Senior Rides Volunteer Ron Gronert
Home-Delivered Meals Volunteers RSVP Home-Delivered Meals Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals five days per week to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities, ensuring they get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and remain living independently in their own homes. RSVP Meals on Wheels Volunteer Jess Davis
RSVP ACTS Volunteers Volunteers with ACTS, A Community That Shares, receive, repair, and distribute donated medical equipment and assistive devices – such as wheelchairs, canes, and walkers – to homebound seniors, persons with disabilities, and individuals recuperating from medical procedures FREE of CHARGE! RSVP ACTS Volunteer Kathy Nash
Health Fair Volunteers RSVP Health Fair Volunteers support a large, annual Community Health Fair sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services. Hundreds of local citizens receive flu shots, health screenings, and information about local health services and resources at this large-scale event. St. Mary’s County residents are healthier thanks to RSVP senior volunteers! RSVP Health Fair Volunteers Margie Rhinehart & Audrey Haynie
Museum & Park Volunteers RSVP Volunteers at St. Clements Island Museum, Piney Point Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Historic St. Mary’s City, Greenwell State Park, and Summerseat Farm foster a healthy appreciationof our region’s rich historic, cultural, and environmental heritage. Through educational programs, tours, and other activities, RSVP volunteers are helping to promote a lasting sense of value for the place we call home, St. Mary’s County. St. Clement’s Island Museum Volunteer Michael Barbour
Food Pantry Volunteers RSVP Volunteers at the Helping Hands Food Pantry provide food to individuals and families during their time of need. Volunteers purchase, stock, bag, and distribute groceries to help needy families, persons with disabilities, unemployed veterans, seniors on fixed income, and others who are experiencing financial hardship. The food they provide ensures that the persons they serve continue to receive the nutrition they need to remain healthy. RSVP Helping Hands Volunteer Joyce Mayor
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program RSVP Emergency Services Volunteer Ronald Talton Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
RSVP Volunteer Stations: • ACTS, A Community That Shares • Adult Literacy Council of St. Mary’s • Cedar Lane Senior Community • Charlotte Hall Veterans Home • Commission on Aging • Community Programs & Outreach • Garvey Senior Activity Center • Greenwell Foundation • Helping Hands Food Pantry • Historic St. Mary’s City • Home & Community-Based Services • Home-Delivered Meals Program • Hospice of St. Mary’s • Human Services Division • Learning is ForEver Program • Lettie Marshal Dent Elementary • Loffler Senior Activity Center • Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad • National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association • Northern Senior Activity Center • Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program • Senior Rides Program • St. Mary’s Adult Medical Day Care • St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers • St. Mary’s County Museum Division • St. Mary’s County Nursing Home • St. Mary’s County Historical Society • Town Creek Elementary • Seniors & Law Enforcement Together • Senior Vibes Musical Group
How RSVP Volunteers Serve Our Community • Meal Deliveries & Medical Transportation to Homebound Persons • Free Food and Medical Equipment Distributions • Free Tax Filing Services • Emergency Services Assistance • Crime Prevention • Hospice and Respite Services • Retiree Benefits Counseling • Nursing Home and Veterans Home Visitation and Entertainment • Museum Docents • Health Fair Support • Fitness Instructors, Computer Tutors, Group Activity Leaders • Meal Service, Administrative, Clerical, Reception, Landscaping, Decorating, Fundraising, and much, much more!
RSVP Senior Activity Center Volunteers Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructors Cycling Program Instructor Group Activity Leaders Congregate Meals Help & Home-Delivered Meals Prep Center Decoration & Beautification Project Assistants Arts & Crafts Instructors
National Veteran Corps Engaging Veterans as volunteers is a priority for our RSVP Project, and special pins were created this past year to honor our Veterans serving in Senior Corps.
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program It takes a Community of Volunteers to Serve Our Community!
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program • So, how do we measure our success?
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program • In 2015, 291 RSVP volunteers donated 35,207 hours of service to county agencies, community groups, & non-profits! • According to Independent Sector, a national research organization, volunteer time in Maryland is valued at $26.41 per hour. • Based on that figure, RSVP volunteers donated $929,817 of volunteer service to local county agencies, community groups, and non-profit organizations in 2015!
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Program All our Volunteers, Volunteer Stations, and Volunteer Station Coordinators are key to our Program’s success!
RSVPRetired & Senior Volunteer Programof St. Mary’s County Where Seniors are Our Greatest Natural Resource!
RSVP of St. Mary’s CountyHow to Contact Us RSVP Staff: Norine Rowe, RSVP Manager Holly “Kim” Clarke, RSVP Office Specialist 301-737-5670, ext. 1653 301-737-5670, ext. 1650 Norine.Rowe@stmarysmd.comHolly.Clarke@stmarysmd.com RSVP Office Location: Loffler Senior Activity Ctr., 21905 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills, MD 20634 RSVP Mailing Address: RSVP, Dept. of Aging & Human Services, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650 RSVP Website: http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/aging/rsvp-overview.asp