Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – April 2014

Health and Help Squads: A new program for older military veterans and/or their husbands and wives. As we age, the loss of friends or spouses can easily lead to loneliness and depression. Health and Help Squads provide an answer. Squads are 5-6 vets/vet spouses who live in the same general area who commit to making short weekly compan­ionship phone calls to the other members of their squad. They could also meet to help team members with activities, go to an event or share a meal together. To participate, you just complete an RSVP enrollment form to help us assign you to a squad and tally your monthly hours as a squad member. (Our federal sponsors require us to report the hours donated by volunteers in our RSVP programs.) We’re launching Health and Help Squads in: Aurora; Brighton; Commerce City; Federal Heights-Westminster-Southwest Adams; Northglenn – Thornton; Eastern Plains (Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers and Deer Trail). We ask for a “get acquainted enlistment period” of 3-6 months to give squad members time to build friendships. We’ll provide conversation ideas to make it easier. Tell your friends so they can join up with you. Pass this on to veterans groups you know. You’ll be helping others and it will help you too. Everyone wins! To join a Health and Help Squad call Tom Rapp (303)955-6609. If we miss you please leave a number so we can get back to you.

Disaster Preparedness Speaking Team: What should you do to be prepared for a disaster? Team members teach the public and especially senior citizens how to prepare for disasters. Call RSVP today.

Schools Where All Thrive Tutor/Mentor Program: Help us help kids! We place teams of volunteers with 2nd or 3rd grade students behind in reading. We’re serving in Adams 1, 12, 50 and Brighton 27J. We need more volunteers in each district. 2 hours per week are required. We’re currently planning training sessions for new volunteers. Call Ron Aus­mus at 303-426-4408 or today!

RSVP Recycling Volunteers: Help Keep Thornton Beautiful and Thornton schools, churches and businesses to promote recycling. Help with our upcoming recycling events. Call RSVP for details.

Other volunteering: Sr. Hub Adult Day Service needs help at meal­times and doing activities with clients. Senior Hub Meals on Wheels has three open routes needing drivers, and also needs someone to help with the assessment of MOW applicants for eligibility. MOW drivers are also needed in Aurora and Brighton. Senior Hub needs a Food Pantry Assistant 4 hours twice a week. Transportation services for homebound/elderly; in-home/respite care; helping at food banks; serving congregate meals; serving in hospitals; helping in senior centers; serving on boards and agency committees. Call us to discuss these and many other current volunteer opportunities. Call Tom at 303-955-6609 today!

Donate your good 4-ply non-wool yarn to us so our volun­teers can make lap robes for nursing homes etc.

By Tom Rapp, Director Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP at Senior Hub, Inc.
Adams/E. Arapahoe RSVP places volunteers 55 and older in locations across Adams County and Arapahoe County (east of I-25). Call 303-426-4408, or e-mail for information.

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