Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – April 2015

~ By Tom Rapp, Director Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP at Senior Hub, Inc. ~

Do you have time on your hands and do you want to help others?  Volunteering through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program might be the answer.  Joining RSVP is easy.  Contact us for an enrollment form so we can match your interests and skills with available volunteer opportunities.  We’ll assist in finding something you’ll enjoy and add your volunteer hours to the totals we send our federal sponsors that show how much seniors help in our local communities.  Here’s a sampling of our current openings:

Helping in elementary schools in either our general K-6 elementary program or in our Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program (SWAT) which works with 2nd and 3rd grade students who have fallen behind in their reading skills to help them catch back up.  The general program is in all Adams County Schools districts, Aurora and the eastern plains schools.  SWAT is in Adams 1, 12, 50 and Brighton 27J.  Teams of 4 SWAT volunteers work with 4 students per volunteer. SWAT currently helps approximately 360 students.  Call Ron Ausmus 303-426-4408 or rausmus@seniorhub.org for details about SWAT, or Tom Rapp 303-426-4408 or trapp@seniorhub.org about the general elementary education program.

Community Garden/Food Bank Project:  We have about 20 community gardens in southwestern Adams County including Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster and unincorporated southwest Adams County.  You grow vegetables for yourself while helping us donate to local food banks.  In 2014 we donated 51,000 servings or about 6.5 tons. You can also help by donating produce from your own garden.  Spring planting is coming soon.  Contact Tom at 303-426-4408 or trapp@seniorhub.org today for a garden that can use your help.

Military Veterans Health and Help Squads:  A program for (55 or older) military vets and/or their spouses.  Squads of vets/vet spouses visit with members of their squad by phone, or meet to help with activities, share meals or attend events.  Some are helping at the Colorado Veterans Home.  Both male and female squads are open.  Tell your vet friends so they can join with you.  It’s fun, call Tom today!

Disaster Preparedness Team:   We need locations to present this vital information about being prepared for natural or other disasters.  We also need more team members to present. Call RSVP for details.

Home care: Volunteers provide grocery shopping, run errands, do light housekeeping, offer business help or simply friendly visits and telephone reassurance to those who are homebound.

Senior Hub Meals on Wheels (MOW), Aurora MOW and Brighton MOW are short on drivers meaning some folks may not benefit from this vital meal delivery program.  To help call Tom at RSVP today!

Other needs:  Senior Hub Adult Day service in Northglenn needs helpers Wednesdays at mealtimes and to help with activities during the day.  Senior Hub Senior Solutions needs a volunteer Wednesdays, (some lifting is required.)  Additional needs: Recycling event helpers; helping at food banks; serving congregate meals; serving in hospitals or senior centers; serving on boards and committees; tax prep volunteers for the Senior Tax Prep program.

Yarn Needed:  Donate 4-ply, non-wool yarn for our volunteers who make lap robes for nursing homes.  Call RSVP for information about all above opportunities and others not listed here.

Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP finds volunteer spots for those 55 and up in Adams County and Arapahoe County east of I-25. Contact Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408 or trapp@seniorhub.org for information.  We’re sponsored by a federal agency, The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and locally by The Senior Hub, Inc.

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