Retirees Can Still Make a Difference – Aug. 2014

Senior Hub’s 10th Community Yard/Craft Sale, Sept. 13, Water World 8am-4pm.  Call for your space.

Military Veterans Health and Help Squads: A program for older military veterans (55 or older) and/or their spouses. Squads of 4-5 vets/vet spouses share short weekly phone visits with the other members of their squad to let them know someone cares and is thinking about them. They might also meet to help with activities, share a meal or attend an event together. To be placed on a squad, you complete an RSVP enrollment form to help us assign you and tally your monthly hours as a squad member. We’ll have 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 an “enlistment period” of 3-6 months so squad members will have time to build friendships. We’ll provide conversation tips. Tell your other vet friends so they can join your squad with you. Also tell veterans groups you know. To join a Health and Help Squad call (303)426-4408 and ask for Tom.

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

Volunteer for the Adams 12 Totes of Hope Program – The program helps to alleviate child hunger by providing nutritional support over the weekend and during school holidays to children who are either homeless or from low-income families facing food insecurity. They get a 9-10 lb. backpack which typically includes: breakfast items, fruit, vegetables, entrees and healthy snacks. Food Bank of the Rockies generously donates food for the backpacks. Approximately 1,000 children at a number of Adams 12 schools serving homeless children and children from low-income families will be helped. Volunteers will meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to pack the backpacks. Location: Adams 12 Education Support Center at 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. Several teams of 7-8 persons are needed to fill enough backpacks. RSVP is helping to coordinate volunteers. For more information and to volunteer contact Tom Rapp at 303-426-4408. The first packing date will be September 10th. We need 30 volunteers. Call today!

Disaster Preparedness Team: Team members speak to the public and especially senior citizens about how to prepare in advance for natural or other disasters, and discuss steps to take after they happen. We need several more helpers. We also need groups to speak to. Call RSVP for details.

Other volunteer needs: (Call for a complete list.) Senior Hub Meals on Wheels has open routes needing drivers, and needs someone to help with 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. Senior Hub Adult Day service needs helpers at mealtimes and to help with activities during the day. Additional needs: Community garden helpers, 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 other volunteer opportunities. Find us on Volunteer Match as well.

Yarn Needed: Donate 4-ply non-wool yarn 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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